response of new zealand

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the notebook

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the notes by

SHEILA BROWN
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND


Sheila Brown
06 – 02 – 2202
Waitangi Day in NZ

Placed Art work above doorway between dining room and lounge. Curious art work. Placed as above.

21 – 2. 2002
Very relaxing

22.02.02
A simple reminder of how we take it all for granted. It almost inspires a meditation, just seeing the words. Also calms the mind quietens the voice and invites you to perhaps appreciate on a very simple level, life, without breath, wouldn’t exist. With this in mind, I would think this exercise should impact on those that are living or visiting the residence where these words are on show. It is a peaceful and pleasant way to make us think outside of our normal, conditioned squares, and to take notice of our own thoughts and share with others, between breaths, with thankfully, a pause in between, to allow the whole exercise to be injured.

28/2/02
The white sheets between the printed sheets are the most significant part of the “installation” as they make an opportunity for the viewer to pause and think about what she / he has just read. The space between things . buildings, works of art – give form to the things.

27/2/02
Life can be fast-paced, challenging and lacking the space we should give ourselves.
This artwork reminds us to slow down, relax, and breath. It allows us to give ourselves the space we are entitled to.
Take time to pause.

28/2/02
I’m surprised by the comments offered, as initially I couldn’t think of anything very constructive to say. Perhaps it’s just the fact that most of these remarks have been made by women – and I’m a man. Maybe the typical New Zealand male leaves artistic appreciation to women – then either chooses to agree or disagree with them! I suppose also some of my surprise was as much about the spontaneity of the comments offered and the ease with which most of these women found something to say, as it was about the content.
In the first instance my reaction was that I couldn’t see anything very artistic about the display and I was somewhat bemused at the prospect of someone on the other side of the world turning it, and the material sent back to them, into an exhibition. I’m still curiously sceptical!
However, I am able to see the perspective offered by those commenting earlier in these notes and perhaps a measure of merit in a work of art is the extent to which it encourages a viewer to pause and think about it.
Good Luck.

I HAVE INCLUDED A PHOTO OF SOME ART WORK IN OUR HIÓUSE PLUS A PHOTOGRAPH OF MY HUSBAND AND MY SISTER ALISON (WHO LIVES IN AUSTRALIA) AS I DOUBT IF THE CAMERA HAS FUNKTIONED CORRECTLY! IT MAY WELL BE MY FAULT.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE PROJECT.

SHEILA BROWN
221 MAIN ROAD
TAWA. WELLINGTON
NEW ZEALAND