Parliamentary Panels

Jean Clarkson

detail detail
Type Banners
Part of installation in Parliament buildings. Wellington, New Zealand.
Title.Larger Entity Parliamentary Panels
The whole of the Hall is filled with a large installation depicting several aspects of New Zealand's past and present. This panel looked at Pacific migration to New Zealand.
Measurements.Dimensions 7m x 9m
Materials.Medium Desutti Canvas 120gms
Materials.Support Printing Ink
Techniques Screen Printed
Techniques Hand-Painted
Techniques Rubbing.
The woodblocks were printed using the traditional method for printing tapa (cloth made from the paper mulberry tree) in the Pacific where the block is placed under the fabric and the fabric rubbed from the top with a rag covered in dye.
Creator Jean Clarkson
Role Designer
Jean co-ordinated the project.
Creator.Corporate name Style Pacific
Role Designer
A group of young Pacific Island designers collaborated with Jean to make this panel They were; Kylie Stehlin, Lesley Robb, Asau Junior Chan Sau, Alisi Leao and Sila Lesatele.
Date.Creation 1995
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Digital image.
Location.Current Site Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.
ID Number.NZDA Number poi_pt_papa_002
Style/Period.Period 1990's
Style/Period.Style Pacific
There was an effort by the designers to create a contemporary image using traditional sources and techniques.
Culture Pacific
Each of the designers researched a different Pacific Island (usually their own background) to generate the motifs. Research was done at the Auckland Museum by looking at their tapa collection both public and private.
Subject Stars, sun, fern leaves, taro leaf, waves, fish, and flowers.
Subject Pacific patterns and motifs.
The patterns represented stars in the sky, (reference to traditional navigation methods.)symbols of land, sea, flora and fauna of the Pacific. A Nuclear Free Symbol was also on the panel to reinforce the group's protest at 25 years of French testing in the area.
Subject Pacific Migration.
This panel was part of a large installation which looked at migration to New Zealand, from the original people through to the preent day. This panel signified the coming of the Pacific islanders.
Relation.part of Large installation
Description This panel is seen as a sail for a waka (canoe), the cross rigging holds it in place. It hangs in the Galleria hall in the old Parliament Building. It is only one section of a much larger installation which has different interpretations of New Zealand's history. This piece represents the arrival of Pacific peoples.
Source Jean Clarkson
Jean Clarkson provided the information, and image analysis about this work in 2000.
Rights Jean Clarkson
Permission has been given to present this work in the NZDA.

Supporting Media
image/jpeg (92k)  Style Pacific
image/jpeg (107k)  printing blocks
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