Kiwi artist Marika Jones is releasing a new series of works to coincide with Anzac Day, celebrating icons from New Zealand's past.
Gone But Not Forgotten incorporates visuals from the huia bird to the legendary pink terraces, produced in the style of the Cabinet Cards that took pride of place in Victorian parlours in the 1800s. Prints are available from Auckland’s Poi Room and Kerikeri's Loft Design Store and on her website.
Kerikeri-based Jones is keen to create a sense of nostalgia and "coming home".
“These works are all about celebrating the things we have a love of as New Zealanders. Even if we haven’t seen the Pink Terraces or a Moa or met the Queen Mother – we still romanticise about them and are proud to share a history with them,” says Jones.
“I was inspired to create a personal narrative that sits in a nostalgic place – a bit like the view out your back window at home that allows you a feeling of refuge from the pressures of the everyday, modern world.”
The series harks back to the good old days for audiences young and old, depicting subjects that live on in the collective memories of many Kiwis.
Jones herself admits to a strong fascination with icons of her grandparents’ and great grandparents’ generations.
“The sophistication of a man in a suit and top hat, the elegance of a lady in an evening gown, the chivalry of a traditional date – I love that stuff as much as I love the thought of the mighty Moa wandering our landscape, or a bathe in the Pink & White Terraces,” she says.
“The cultural codes that shaped our world for so long have been replaced by a one-size fits all code of jeans and whatever-you-want.”