Jacqueline Fraser

b.1956
Ngāi Tahu

The benediction of Goat Island our Saviour: A long view of our very blessed saviour from a distance (with goats rampant)

  • Purchased, 1999
  • Chiffon, electric cables, wire, pearl-headed pins
  • 1800 x 3180mm
  • 99/62.1-9
  • 1998

Rakiriri – the bush-covered Goat Island in Purakaunui Bay, north of Dunedin/Ōtepoti – was the site of an important Kāi Tahu pā (fortified village) in the eighteenth century. It was returned by the government to the iwi (tribe) as a cultural resource in 1997. Jacqueline Fraser’s installation suggests a scene of ceremonial devotion to the island; its starting point, like many of her works from the 1990s, is the history of her family marae and her ancestral heritage. She combines inexpensive everyday materials like wire and electric cable with luxurious chiffon silks and ribbons: “Gorgeous is an interest of mine”, she has stated of her work. The binding and tying recalls both customary Māori weaving practices and aspects of Fraser’s Scottish cultural heritage.

(We do this, 12 May 2018 - 26 May 2019)