Waikato Museum, New Zealand
The work of Lorene Taurerewa could be equated to early David Bowie in terms of timbre; a rich blend of unsettling familiarity and beauty.'
Using scale and negative space, she is able to speak volumes about displacement and perhaps a sense of isolation.
This work is a particularly powerful image along with it's title 'The Stong Shall Lead the Weak'. A dog acts as master leading this dunce-like character on a leash. Opening up the subject of power, control, and questions of survival through interdependence.
Lorene Taurerewa (nee. Clotworthy) is New Zealand-born. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Taurerewa emigrated to New York in 2009 where she is represented in numerous collections nationally and internationally. Curator, Leafa Wilson, Waikato Museum, New Zealand.
|Lorene Taurerewa, The strong shall lead the weak, 48in x 48in, oil on canvas, 2010|
Intraspace Project: http://www.waikatomuseum.co.nz/news/pageid/2145873198/Intraspace_Project
SmallWorks Gallery, Brisbane, Australia http://smallworksgallery.com.au/
Suit of Skin, Lorene Taurerewa and Warwick McLeod
Lorene Taurerewa's paintings are from a series called The Justice League of Mythomania. They are about individuals who are loners and antiheroes; as well as framed, role-cast.
Their nature is to lie, double-deal and cheat: and so perplex and manipulate the straightforward. This is not their fault, but they are born to this fate: and by a standard that is longer-term, deeper, invisible to daily life, in the cause of a vengeance unknowable to themselves; they are agents of a kind of justice.