2 Lions & An Angel: Rachel Harré, Sandra Thomson, Lorraine Webb

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An exhibition of recent work by three women artists - Sandra Thomson and Rachel Harré from Christchurch, and Lorraine Webb from Wanganui.

Rachel Harré presented ten small etchings showing a strong religious theme. Harré was a theology student at the time these works were made. The artist's statement for this series was taken from the Hebrews 11:1, 13-16, 32-36, 38 of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. The works were framed by distinctive, highly crafted, wooden frames, which echoed the shape and general character of each etching.

Sandra Thomson's eleven acrylic works on paper were primarily concerned with popular belief systems such as the widely accepted tradition of love and marriage. Others looked at faith in more unconventional beliefs, exploring ideas such as astral travel, levitation and channelling. For Thomson, these belief systems presented themselves as a doctrine to believe in, a means of changing a person's life, or just a way of escaping.

Lorraine Webb's seven acrylic works were inspired by and centred upon the Gulf crisis. Most of the titles of her paintings were taken from The Witnesses by W. H. Auden. Her work was not intended to be illustrative of the poem, but a personal diary-like response to violence directed against people, places and animals. The paintings were executed using painterly yet controlled brushstrokes on unstretched, unframed canvas.

This exhibition was held at the McDougall Art Annex at the Arts Centre.