Ivy Fife

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1903, d.1976

Low-tide

Ivy Fife’s bird’s eye view of the hills and tidal bay mudflats at the head of Te Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour includes a glimpse of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / the Pacific Ocean beyond. The composition includes many sites of historical and cultural significance, the earliest of these for Ngāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu. For Pākehā artists like Fife, it became a place of increasing identification and belonging.

(Te Wheke, 2020)