The trouble with being a proud Pākehā
Marsh, Laura Catherine
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My project explores concepts of pride as antithesis to cultural amnesia and erasure within the cultural landscape of Aotearoa. Extrapolating language and perceptions from historical Pākehā writings, and by divulging motifs and signifiers from the framed landscape of the South Island, I create emblematic artworks that attempt to emanate a sense of pride of place and culture. This project is an investigation of the parameters of Pākehā culture and a subjective attempt at location within and outside that culture in Aotearoa New Zealand. My art practice applies a ‘soft activist’ approach to the colonial condition of overwriting history.