March 6, 2015 - March 22, 2015


Artist: Fern Petrie
Location: perth
6 - 22 MARCH - PERTH CITY: OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY 8 MARCH 2-4 PM.  A heartfelt poem in colour, Gazing Where the Lilies Blow celebrates the diversity, depth of character and impassioned lives of women from history, mythology and literature. Each personality speaks of the struggles and motivations of distinctive lives, framed within a time utterly different to our own. In 2001, Fern graduated from Te Toi Hou; Auckland Universities Maori Arts department where she studied under two iconic New Zealand artists; Brett Graham and Selwyn Muru. After moving to Australia she exhibited at the Moores Building [2009] and it was then that she began collecting cabinet cards. Her first painting based on these ‘Forget Me Not’ was chosen as a finalist for the 2010 Albany Art Prize. Many solo exhibitions followed, each delving into the two dominant interests in her life; her Maori and European ancestry. In 2014 she was invited to exhibit in Paris and uses her time abroad to glean inspiration from the great art collections of the world.