To Be Female III

Joan Grehan, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in 1996. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
For me, the main subject of this painting is the moon, and the sisters are enveloped in the energy of it. Ōuenuku is the phase – a great day for planting (represented by the greens, yellows and orange), a great night for eeling (represented by the stars), for physical activity (shown in the white of their hair) and for balancing of energy (represented by the intertwining of the sisters and their identical features). The interconnectedness and balance of everything is beautiful, and the sisters remind me of my sister Paeata and I, known for our long black hair and identical features.
Ngāwai Matthews for the June 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Frame 764 x 633 x 23mm
acrylic on board
Stylised image of two women with long black hair juxtaposed with a crescent moon and stars in the background
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the Joan Grehan Estate, 2014.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
15 Sep 2014



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