"Semel Insanivimus Omnes (We have all been mad once)"
July 18 - August 8
Maryrose Crook has been a driving force behind Port Chalmers
band The Renderers for over ten years, and only began painting
relatively recently, inspired by old family slides that revealed
haunting moments in her personal history. In "Semel Insanivimus
Omnes (We have all been mad once)" Crook presents a series
of evocative portrait paintings, exploring ideas of madness, survival
and self identity. Drawing on a tradition of Surrealist and folk
painting, Crook constructs disquieting and enchanting painted
tales, which delve into the relationship a person has with their
body and their mind, and which ultimately articulate their ability
to survive in the world.
For this exhibition Crook and her husband Brian (also a member
of The Renderers) have recorded a soundtrack which will complement
the paintings and create an environment in which their images
can be absorbed more readily.