AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND - Robert Hague

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AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND - Robert Hague

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Robert Hague

Colossus (after Goya) 2017
hand coloured-lithograph on cotton rag paper, 70 x 70 cm
Edition of 25
AUSTRALIA
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ARTIST STATEMENT
The things that shape us, our childhood and the world in which we are born, they are fragile things that so often we fail to value until they are lost to us. This is a deeply personal work (I am Goya's giant) about loss and the world that I left behind. Goya's Giant (1818) turns his head as if disturbed from thought. He sits naked within a distant landscape (The White Terraces, Blomfield 1884, NZ) long lost to the catastrophic eruption of Mt Tarawera (1886). The stories of this disaster and its foretelling populated my childhood on the edge of Lake Rotorua. References include St Faith’s Church in Ohinemutu near where I was born and the seemingly alien bust of Queen Victoria gifted to the Te Arawa Māori for maintaining allegiance to the British Empire during the Māori Wars (1860s) and later honoured with an elaborate canopy by Tene Waitere. This bust has since been removed (stolen by protesters in the 1970’s) and is symbolic of the deep schism left by colonisation. Surrounding these and the central landscape repeats a cathedral like pattern, symbolically containing the scene within the power structures of Europe. This porcelain plate, a simple domestic souvenir, asks us why we choose to commemorate the things that we do. It is broken, much like myself but it also suggests that our scars, our history and our personal journeys are the richer for it.