'My culture is South Pacific, home of wondrous large bowls. It is an
environment that has formed my philosophy and influenced my design.' Ann
Robinson. Pacific Rim is an exhibition of over twenty stunning glass works by
acclaimed New Zealand artist Ann Robinson, spanning over 15 years and
including two new pieces. The exhibition details Robinson's career, and centres on the body of work
Robinson created for display in the New Zealand Pavilion at the 1992 World
Expo in Seville, Spain. Ann Robinson was the only glass artist selected to
represent New Zealand at this prestigious international event.
These five impressive Seville works are presented alongside her important
earlier works, and a larger selection of works produced after Seville.
'These later works demonstrate how a more skilled and confident Ann
Robinson, freed from many of the constraints of her practice, was able to
fully express her creativity in so technically demanding a medium,' said Te
Papa Curator History, Angela Lassig.
The exhibition also includes two new works, Agathis Vase and Curving Vase -
fresh out of the kiln in August. The vases illustrate Ann Robinson's
relatively recent experiments with blending colours within vessels.
Robinson's work captures the beauty of natural light. 'Visitors to New
Zealand comment on the sharp clear quality of light here. The New Zealand
light is reflected in my work,' Robinson has said.
Pacific Rim also displays moulds, photographs, and some examples of her
carefully annotated notebooks. These combine to give an insight into the
inspirations and working methods of one of this country's most renowned
The exhibition is displayed in The Terrace on Level 6 and takes full
advantage of this rooftop gallery's natural light.