Marilynn Webb

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1937, d.2021
Ngāti Kahu, Te Roroa, Māori, Pākehā

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Dark Mountain

  • 1976
  • Monoprint and etching
  • Gift of Holcim (New Zealand) Limited, 2003
  • 825 x 637 x 25mm
  • 2003/40

The night-time landscape depicted in this work is a very personal one. Marilynn Webb made it following the death of her mother and within its abstracted forms she enclosed a representation of her matrilineal whakapapa. This connected Marilynn with Moe Ngaherehere, the 47th signatory to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The dominant triangle represents Marilynn’s mother, Lilla Vaivin, through the form of Mount Tarawera. At the top of the composition, moonlight gleams through the shifting clouds. In te ao Māori, the moon’s cycle is likened to an opening and closing portal, through which departing spirits return to the origin of life.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History