The travelling tulip 2014

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai

“The travelling tulip” explored the history of migration and the fusion of different cultures to New Zealand, using foreign and native fauna and flora.

Focusing on my Dutch and South African Ancestry, I used the Protea and Tulip – specifically – Semper Augustus – (now extinct) as a symbol of the Dutch that found new Countries like New Zealand and South Africa.

The Dutch founded South Africa in 1652. The arrival of Jan van Riebeeck on 5 April marked the beginning of permanent European settlement in the Cape Region.

On 18 December 1642, Abel Tasman and his crew, aboard the Zeehaen and the Heemskerck, anchored off the coast off Taitapu Bay (now Golden Bay), New Zealand.

All works sold

About this series

Tulip flowers – Tulip Mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. At the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.

For my still lives I drew inspiration from the Seventeenth Century Dutch Golden artists, specifically Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder and Royal Doulton ceramics which released a range of pottery called “Kia Ora” in beautiful rich colours and intricate Maori patterns.

Huia feather – On 28 December 1907 the last Huia was sighted. All that is left today are the huia feathers – a special treasure for many.

Sunbird and Cape Dutch house – The Malachite Sunbird is native to Africa and feeds off Protea and other native wild flowers. The Dutch had a strong influence on the early architecture of the Cape province in South Africa.