The structure for the composition of both paintings borrows elements from the Somewhere In Our Historical Memory series.
In Porirua Plaza there is imagery includes a tuatara skeleton, a representation of a tiki taken from a 1910 newspaper advertisement, and a painted sketch of people in the present day shopping mall.
In Piazza Grande, to the familiar imagery of 'soft' gun barrels is added a map of Istria including Trieste, details from an engraving about Napoleon's occupation of the city, and a sketch of the present day central piazza.
** Both 3200x1200mm acrylic on canvas **
Porirua Plaza 1991
Piazza Grande 1991