The interplay of form, light and shadow are key ingredients in Lonnie Hutchinson's art. Working across a wide range of media including film, performance, painting, sculpture and installation, she uses the language of contemporary art to articulate a distinctively Polynesian worldview reflecting her own Samoan and Maori (Ngāi Tahu) heritage.Read More
Spiritual and political, the work engages with issues of power relations and culture, gender and sexuality to generate conversations that are timeless, current, relevant and accessible. Her distinctive cut-out forms often employing what has come to be seen as her signature material - heavy black builders paper - capture in their play with shadow a non-materiality inherent in the Samoan notion of 'va' which Lonnie has said is central to her practice. This refers to the space between places, things and people, and connections across time.
Lonnie, who has been described as a 'trail-blazing' Pacific woman artist, has been exhibiting steadily nationally and internationally for nearly 20 years. She has been included in significant international exhibition such as Paradise Now? : Contemporary Art from the Pacific (2004), Asia Society New York and Pasifika Styles (2006-8), University of Cambridge Museum, that have served to raise awareness of Pacific artists and art in the US and UK. She has also produced several major, temporary and permanent, site-specific installations - most recently for the new justice precinct in Christchurch.
A survey show and catalogue, Black Bird: Lonnie Hutchinson 1997 - 2013, was shown at the Gus Fisher Art Gallery in Auckland and at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt in 2015.
Text courtesy Bartley & Company Art.