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Exhibitions 2021 - 2022 

    2 MAY ~ 3 JUNE 2023, PREVIEW APRIL 29 2~4PM

  • ECHOES Portage Premier Award Winner 2021 ︎ Portage Ceramic Awards Te Uru - Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery

  • ARTEFACTS Merit Award Winner 2021 ︎Ceramics New Zealand National Exhibition Diamond Jubilee, 2021

  • TENT 2021, Mothermother, Finger Pricks & Curses, Nov 2021

  • Mothermother Iteration 10 Portraits @ Aotearoa Art Fair 2021

  • Foolscap, RM Gallery and Project Space Aotearoa Art Fair 2021

Exhibitions 2020 - Prehistory 

  • ECHO BONE, New Ceramic Aquisitions @ Pah Homestead 2020

  • ECHO BONE, Studio One Toi Tu Ceramics Creative Studio Residency Exhibition, 2018 - 2019

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Portage 2021 Press ︎


  • RETURN OF THE PORTAGE review by Jemma Giorza ︎  Ceramics New Zealand Magazine Winter 2022


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Teresa Peters is an artist and filmmaker based in Tamaki Makaurau, currently working in clay and ceramics, photography and moving image. She is interested in bodies, earth bodies, forming and transforming. Chemical compounds and molten entities, in intimate combustion. ‘Excavating’ primordial totems’, as we move on into the sixth mass extinction. Ceramics is alchemy. Earth, water, air… fire...

mothermother @AOTEAROA ART FAIR NOV 16 - 20 2022


Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Te Tuhi 2007, AK07

(image: North.Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, from the series 'Tetralogia' 2005 DVD, Reykjavík and Spielhaus Morrison, Berlin).

Cao Fei
Gabríela Fridriksdóttir
Peter Gossage
Star Gossage
Veli Granö
David Haines
Shigeyuki Kihara
Joanna Langford
Polixeni Papapetrou
Teresa Peters
Sriwhana Spong
John Walsh

In association with Auckland Festival, AK07. With support from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

'An artist can sometimes restore severed paths to our unconscious.'
Veli Granö

People have always told tall tales. From early folklore to classic children's fairytales such as the Grimm's brothers, fantastical stories provide explanation for the strangeness of everyday events. The telling of such tales lets us break out of our own world to the vast universes beyond. These stories, folklore and histories provide us with moral and social guideline, offering insight into our ancestors as well as into the uncharted territories of the unknown.

Post the increasingly pervasive narratives of colonisation, globalisation and economic rationalism, have we lost the ability to access the mystic, the fantastical and the uncanny? Culturally based histories have become 'mythologies' and relegated, as co-curator Pita Turei says 'to stories without substance… we lose the original context of those stories, which have evolved from generations of observation, of the experiences of the land, its plants and living things'. Fairy tales have, of course, long been high-jacked by the saccharine regime of Disney Inc.

But alternative narratives still abound, if one knows where to look—mostly sideways, or off in dark corners. Artists, with the potential to subvert, transgress, contradict and resist, can leap boundaries from the literal to the lateral. Artist André Breton's hope for the resolution of the two differing states of dream and reality into 'a kind of reality, a surreality' appears both as hopeful and as useful as it was when he first penned his Manifesto of Surrealism back in 1924, railing against 'the reign of logic'.

The exhibition 'Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?: mythology, fairytales and the occult' charts some of these alternative paths taken by contemporary artists, at times using existing narrative structures, or in other cases creating their own access routes to the other-worldly. The artists find gaps or passageways through to the uncanny and the unreal, explore the unconscious realms of our minds, and probe and challenge our attachment to the rational at the cost of the fantastical. Like any rupture from the stable to the unstable, there are gaps, overlaps and at times unruly contradictions.

Emma Bugden