Brendan O’Brien
Stone among stones
22 November – 12 December 2022

The works that make up Stone among stones are part of a continuing series that began soon after the September 2016 demolition of the John Scott-designed Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, a building with a Category 1 Historic Place classification. These images look beyond that demolition to sights combining history, myth and dream. The great circular window encountered by all as they entered the Aniwaniwa building was known alternatively as the eye of Rua or the eye of the ancestors; in the works here the perforated stones, in concert with various birds, serve as witnesses or messengers between earthly and spiritual worlds. They shelter and observe. They meditate and wonder. What next?