- Oil on board
- Purchased 1954
- 672 x 520mm
Unmarried and living abroad, Olivia Spencer Bower faced family pressure on her return to New Zealand to be the one to care for her mother. In 1931, she wrote: “I appreciate you sending me money, and especially as it is such a difficult time … strange it seems to think I shall be back in four months time. What am I going to do when there? Perhaps, be a ‘good daughter and sister’! And a useful presence in the house! But it’s a very ghost like vision!” Olivia’s first-hand experiences of the challenges women faced in establishing a career as an independent, professional artist lead to her setting up the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation, which allows emerging artists to focus solely on their art practice unhindered by financial burdens.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )