New Zealander, b.1968
My Sister, My Self 2006
One of Christchurch Art Gallery’s major acquisitions in 2007, My Sister, My Self is a dazzling balancing act by one of New Zealand’s most renowned sculptural performers. Like many of Michael Parekowhai’s sculptures, this one pays tribute to something very ordinary – the concrete seals balancing balls on their noses that can be found in suburban New Zealand front yards. On the nose of this seal, Parekowhai has balanced a copy of one of the most famous ‘ordinary’ objects in modern art – a bicycle wheel which the artist Marcel Duchamp attached to a stool in 1913 and later described as a ‘readymade’.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett
Fibreglass, mild steel, wood, automotive paint
View other works by Michael Parekowhai This work featured in the set Paint it black on My Gallery.