Maori Youth with Child; Molly Macalister; 1959; 27

From

Molly Macalister, sculptor

Name/Title

Maori Youth with Child

About this object

Exhibited
1960 Auckland ACAG "Recent work by Auckland Sculptors"
1982 Auckland ACAG 'Molly Macalister: a memorial exhibition.' Curator Alexa Johnston. cat. no. 27.

References
Peter Tomory, 'Art', "The Pattern of New Zealand Sculpture", A.C. McLeod (ed.), Oxford, 1968.
'Molly Macalister: a memorial exhibition.' Alexa Johnston. Auckland Art Gallery, 1982

'This work was based on studies of a Maori youth whom Macalister and her family knew from their holidays (at Whanganui Bay Lake Taupo).
Tomory wrote of this work:
"'Her Seated Maori Youth'" (Victoria University of Wellington) might well illustrate Gauguin's dictum "Let everything about you breathe the calm and peace of the soul. Also avoid motion in a pose. Each of your figures ought to be in a static position ...".
This figure was not a commission. It was selected by Professor Frederick Page from works in Macalister's studio.' (Johnston, 1982, p20)

The sculpture is damaged. There are cracks in the cement (water damage?) which are severe around the neck and head. Remedial work is needed to preserve the integrity of the work.

Maker

Molly Macalister

Maker Role

Artist

Date Made

1959

Medium and Materials

Cement on steel armature

Technique

Modelling

Measurements

1700 mm high

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand public art

Collection

Victoria University Student's Association Collection

Object Type

Sculpture

Object number

27

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