Marilynn Webb

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

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Lake Mahinerangi 43

  • 1981
  • Etching
  • Lawrence Baigent / Robert Erwin bequest, 2003
  • 760 x 560mm
  • 2003/83
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Marilynn Webb grew up near the beach, and her love of watery landscapes was reflected in her printmaking. Her environmental activism led her to depict some of Aotearoa’s most remote wilderness areas, including Ata Whenua Fiordland, the Ida Valley and Rakiura Stewart Island. Coastline 9 is a spare 1971 linocut that combines engraving and embossing in a fluid Otago coastal view and expresses the physical reality of the land and its deeper spiritual dimension. Marilynn made many works about Lake Mahinerangi, where she owned land. The lake was formed when a dam was built on the Waipori River for hydroelectric generation. In her works the water, mountains and sky form a shifting landscape that is alive with presence.

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

Exhibition History