Miriam Cameron's Show Extended

May 31 2014

Miriam Cameron's show 'Where Is My Home" is now on until 4 June. In the words of art writer Denys Trussell "her work is a moral construction that identifies the powerless, the dispossessed, the alienated, both in New Zealand and her ancestral Scotland. There is for her a continuum that joins the plight of her Scots forebears with the present lives on un-priveleged citizens surrounding her here". Art critc TJ McNamara picks up on her "agitated paintings" in his review in the Herald (31/5/14), as shown.

"At nearby Black Asterisk, Miriam Cameron uses expressionist brushstrokes allied to an angular cubism to express the energy of her symbolism and her political feelings.

The symbolism is notable in two subjects, Last Wolf and Runnable Stag. The wolf is the subject of two paintings. One is a wolf on a ridge with dark hills and a stormy sky; the other more colouristic but less dramatic. The motif of the Runnable Stag is taken from a poem by John Davidson where the proud animal is hunted for 25 miles before it leaps into the sea to evade its pursuers. The deer paintings are more detailed but less effective. However, both subjects suggest something strong and instinctive hunted to the death. 

The same forces are at work in paintings such as Onehunga and Miners Union Hall, where choppy strokes of paint refer to trade union struggles in the past. In a work like Street a shadowy Everyman is overwhelmed by the aggressive presence of towering buildings. The brushwork reflects struggles against power most effectively in appropriately dark colours."