Harry Watson's carvings are altarpieces for a non-religious setting, speaking less of angels and deities, and more of the culture clash of colonial and post-colonial New Zealand. His icons, for that is what they effectively are, reclaim and re-create the country's history, but in doing so they subvert the normal narratives with tongue firmly in cheek.
Watson's carving deliberately brings to mind folk craft styles, from chip-carving to Mexican votive retablo images. The works, strongly informed by the artist's interest in cabinetmaking, become miniature puppet theatres, surrounded by ornate and esoterically decorated frames.
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9A Earl Street
|Mon-Fri||10:00AM – 6:00PM|
|Saturday||10:00AM – 6:00PM|
|Sunday||10:00AM – 6:00PM|
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