Lace, resin. 2011
Privacy here! was developed for Caste, a collaborative exhibition with Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti that explores themes of whakapapa and mana wahine - a concept that embodies authority, power and influence of women in society. The exhibition looks at the positioning of these concepts within the socio-political realities of today.
A shared Wairarapa ancestor, Kaipaoe, who lived during the colonial period was the main source of inspiration for the exhibition. Rongomaiaia is a descendant of the relationship of Kaipaoe and whaler John Robert Brown, Terri is a descendant of Kaipaoe and Tikawenga.
Rongomaiaia’s work is a series of paintings that speak to the early relationships between Maori and Pakeha looking at the issue of commodification, its links with the whaling industry of the time and what that meant for women.
Terri’s figurative sculptures, made from lace and resin, are a personal story. The material is lace which suggests privacy or in this context the invasion of privacy through a growing culture of surveillance. At its heart the work is an expression of concern at the consequential erosion of human rights and the impact on women.