Lynn Middleton, our respected friend and colleague has passed away. We will all miss her energy, commitment and friendship. She was a truly irreplaceable member of Mangawhai Artists and she’ll be remembered for her huge contribution to the Mangawhai community. Below is a poem written for Lynn by Rosina Kamphuis.
Lynn is a painter and printmaker. She uses solar printing, lino cuts and collagraphs for her printing and combines mixed media, printing, painting and collage, into her images.
Her work has drawing as a starting point. Lynn explores day to day images concentrating on domestic still life, plants and gardens around her home.
Lynn’s work is in private collections in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Her prints have been selected and exhibited in the UK Society of Women Artists annual exhibition London 2014, the Royal Society of Artists Annual Exhibition London 2013, and in the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition Japan 2015. She graduated in painting from the Art Academy Borough Market London in 2011.
Lynn - Tides of Time
Time is an elusive thing,
It slips away,
will not be grasped and held.
and we may have a glimpse of it,
as we reach out to touch.
We may wade through its waters,
caught up in its waves,
feel its ripples,
sand scouring feet,
as sharp shells and unforeseen rocks
make their impressions
as we pass over.
Your breath, large as life,
borne on the waters of your own conviction,
mingled with ours,
in celebration of the gifts bestowed upon you,
yours to multiply and give again
In glowing enterprise.
We laughed with you and cried with you,
sang with you and danced with you,
your door always open.
No limits then,
our journeys take a different course.
Your star shines on our reflection.
Poem by Rosina Kamphuis, November 2019
"Seven Impressions" August 2019
Lynn exhibits regularly and in August 2019 Lynn was one of seven Mangawhai printmakers in "Seven Impressions" at Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Her artist statement reads:
Since returning to New Zealand and living in Mangawhai I have been moved by the night sky. Without light pollution, I delight in looking to the sky and seeing the Milky Way, Matariki, planets and stars. Here the moon shines supreme – in Europe she is often alone in the sky all else being lost by city lighting.
Picnic with Picasso
Exploring and using images of women by Picasso is a conundrum for a feminist. Picasso’s reputation for misogyny and a man who enjoyed the privilege and power society allows men! Should his representation of the women he knew and the female form be rejected? My rationale for admiring and celebrating Picasso’s images of women is his depiction of each woman as 'real'. Relaxing, stylish, dreaming; fully bodied and active; clothed and unclothed, celebrating life - dancing, running; owning her sexuality; with a passion for life! The picnic is inspired by Picasso’s re-working of ‘Le Dejeuner sur L’herbe’ by Manet. Picasso shifts the power of the viewers gaze by concentrating on the women, and diminishing or removing the clothed men!
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