- Harry Courtney Archer estate, 2002
- 460 x 550 x 30mm
- c. 1951
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The Waimakariri area was of particular significance to Olivia Spencer Bower. Her grandparents Marmaduke Dixon and Eliza Wood left England to run a sheep station near the Waimakariri River. By 1928, Spencer Bower’s twin brother, Marmaduke, had taken over the station. Spencer Bower explored many terraces – Mount Torlesse, where she had lived a while with her aunt and uncle, the nearby Castle Hill terraces, and these terraces at the Waimakariri River.
By the 1950s, Spencer Bower had a reputation for using a limited palette and light application of pigment; the clouds in Bleached Terraces demonstrate this, using darker tones in the foreground and lighter tones in the background to give a sense of space and perspective. This work positions the artist in the land looking out along it to the distance, in contrast with some earlier work where her interest was in ‘looking down’.
(He Rau Maharataka Whenua: A Memory of Land, 17 September 2016 – 18 February 2017)