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"Pacific Rim: Ann Robinson's Stunning Glasswork"
2002-10-10 until 2003-09-15
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington, , NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)

'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 glass artists.

The exhibition is displayed in The Terrace on Level 6 and takes full advantage of this rooftop gallery's natural light.


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