Lonnie Hutchinson

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1963
Ngāti Kuri, Ngāi Tahu, Samoan, Māori, Pasifika, Scottish, English

Sista 1

  • 2004
  • Woodcut
  • Karen Stevenson Collection, presented 2022
  • 1015 x 1015mm
  • 2022/184

Lonnie Hutchinson embeds the spiritual and cultural values of her Samoan and Ngāi Tahu heritage into her practice, which ranges from sculpture to cut-out works made of paper or acrylic. In Sista 1, the positive and negative elements of the woodcut recall the fundamentals of Polynesian and Māori design. It is a continuation of an earlier work, Sista7 (2003), from which Hutchinson drew the motifs to create cut outs that local printmaker Marian Maguire photographed and turned into a series of prints. The rhythm of the original building-paper folds and the elegant pattern recall tukutuku, hiapo and tivaevae. Hutchinson made Sista7 while living in the port town of Ōhinehou Lyttelton, with a view of the volcanic range known as the Seven Sisters running along the back of Ōhinetahi Governors Bay. This work too, carries with it the sense of a landscape.

(Die Cuts and Derivations, 11 March – 2 July 2023)

Exhibition History