Political themes in Sheridan's solo show

IOU: Todd Sheridan’s crystal gaffer glass plate in the form of an obsolete 10-cent piece comes with a political message in his solo show at Tairawhiti Museum. Picture supplied

THE political features in artist Todd Sheridan’s back-lit, crimson crystal gaffer glass plate in his solo show, Just Draw, at Tairawhiti Museum. The raised image is taken from the now obsolete 10-cent coin but at the top is the acronym IOU.

“IOU has no value just as 10 cents has no value,” writes Sheridan in the accompanying note.

“The ‘10’ in 100 references land confiscation through the ‘10 ownership rule’ during 1865-1873 when over five-and-a-half million acres were acquired by the Crown illegally.”

Among other works in the show are abstract pen drawings and a pou set on a rimu base with elm torso, Kauri extremeties and embedded with recycled cast glass at the head. Called Pou Whakarae (main post), the work is based on the pou whakare within the pa tuwatawata, a fort defended by a stockade.

Just Draw is the third of seven solo exhibitions by artists who were part of the 100 Days Project in which participants engaged in one art activity a day for 100 days.




THE political features in artist Todd Sheridan’s back-lit, crimson crystal gaffer glass plate in his solo show, Just Draw, at Tairawhiti Museum. The raised image is taken from the now obsolete 10-cent coin but at the top is the acronym IOU.

“IOU has no value just as 10 cents has no value,” writes Sheridan in the accompanying note.

“The ‘10’ in 100 references land confiscation through the ‘10 ownership rule’ during 1865-1873 when over five-and-a-half million acres were acquired by the Crown illegally.”

Among other works in the show are abstract pen drawings and a pou set on a rimu base with elm torso, Kauri extremeties and embedded with recycled cast glass at the head. Called Pou Whakarae (main post), the work is based on the pou whakare within the pa tuwatawata, a fort defended by a stockade.

Just Draw is the third of seven solo exhibitions by artists who were part of the 100 Days Project in which participants engaged in one art activity a day for 100 days.




Just Draw. Works by Todd Sheridan Tairawhiti Museum, August 30-September 17

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