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About the ArtistMarilynn Webb ONZM (1937-2021) was known as one of New Zealand’s finest printmakers, and had a huge influence on subsequent generations of artists, as senior lecturer and then Emeritus Professor in Printmaking at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin. In her pastels and hand-coloured works, Webb diverged from the printmaking practice which was the focus of her teaching, and follow her individual creative path. Her pastels and prints centre on New Zealand’s most remote and fragile environments, including Fiordland, the Maniototo hinterland, Stewart Island and the Antarctic Islands. She received several Department of Conservation invitations to visit wild and seldom accessible places, and tell our hidden stories. Marilynn Webb went beyond mere landscape: she communicated a place to treasure, connections from pre-history to present day, a history of ecological and other politics layered within the landforms. In her early career her art often served her activist interests, never being one to hold back on issues she felt needed brought into the light. Even in her last, often difficult years, she remained determined to keep working as her health allowed. Her printmaking explores not only sense of place but also human connections – bloodlines and family, her own ancestry both Māori and of Europe, and the way we are linked to special places.
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Marilynn Webb exhibited in major expositions of printmaking and graphic art throughout the world, and showed extensively nationally and in London, Paris, New York, Berlin. In 1999 she was accorded the honour of ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit).
In 2018 she received Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the Supreme Award for excellence and achievement in Ngā Toi Māori (Māori art) at the 2018 Te Waka Toi Awards.
In New Zealand in recent years she has preferred one woman or group shows of public purpose – exhibitions exploring concepts of land, ecology, politics, women in art, and history both Maori and post-colonial.
A video interview with Marilynn can be found here.
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