When I paint, I’m trying to find feeling.  It’s as simple, and complicated as that.

Creative New Zealand
Untitled 5 by Jack Trolove

Ceremony by Jack Trolove

“I try to make paintings that remind us how much emotional muscle we have. The materiality of paint holds a lot – it can carry gestures and energies that are unsettling, disturbing or blissful, and sensations like plummeting and flight, simultaneously. The more years I spend painting, the more magical this seems to me.

The raw linen shows through the paint; these paintings are not whole stories. If anything, they’re the holes in stories, showing themselves being made and undone. Untethering at the threshold. I find paintings themselves can work as thresholds, by creating a literal second skin to move through, to feel moved.

This exhibition is dedicated to those who work in transformational practices at other thresholds — to the keeners, kaikaranga, midwives, rongoā practitioners, palliative carers, choreographers, therapists and healers to name a few. To people who the world makes liminal, including those who live between gender — ours are some of many bodies that keep the thresholds of the world from closing down. To experts from the natural world: the mangroves, the dawn, the dusk, thank you for showing us how to thrive at the in-between.

These paintings are for you.”

– Jack Trolove

A man in front of two paintings of faces

Jack Trolove in his studio with his works Bones (left) and Aerial Roots.
Photo by Rebecca Swan

Te Manawa will open at the later time of 12.30pm on Weds 27 October