Star Gossage

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1973
Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Ruanui, Māori, France, Portugal

All the Flowers and the Clouds in Her Hair

  • 2021
  • Oil and clay on cotton-coated board
  • Purchased 2021
  • 925 x 670mm
  • 2021/131

“The whakapapa is connected here in this land because our ancestors have always been here since the beginning. […] They’ve always been here and they’ve always connected here, that’s why we’re still here. […] They’re in the land and we’re here with them.” —Star Gossage

Often autobiographical, Star Gossage’s paintings are imbued with the place they are made, Pakiri, on the northeast coast above Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. This is her tūrangawaewae, and she often incorporates elements from the area, such as clay used in this work, directly into her paintings – providing a direct link between the land, herself and her tīpuna.

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

Exhibition History