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Cellular Memory is a touring exhibition curated by Gregory O’Brien of recent work by Elizabeth Thomson whose career has spanned more than three decades in which the artist has embraced the objectivity of scientific observation with an inspired wonder in the natural world that reveals and surprises.   Director of the Adam Art Gallery, Christina Barton observes that Thomson’s images are ‘at once breathtaking in their accuracy and intriguing in their abstraction. Her command of her craft is remarkable, as is her ability to adapt new image-making technologies to her vision.’

A contemporary of Thomson’s, Judy Millar’s Eleven is also at the Aigantighe.  At three metres height and over 12 metres long, Eleven is open to reading as Millar’s belated response to Ten Big Paintings, the 1971 touring exhibition curated by the Auckland Art Gallery which featured the work of ten painters from Aotearoa, all male and engaged with contemporary painting and abstraction.  Millar’s retort is evident in its scale and title, implicitly confirming its representation as the missing demographic and artwork, and in doing so, resonating the politics and pleasure of its context in 2021.


Elizabeth Thomson, Cellular Memory

27 February 2021 - 9 May 2021

Judy Millar, Eleven

12 December 2020 - 21 February 2021

Aigantighe Gallery

49 Wai-iti Road, Māori Road, Timaru

Tuesday - Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday – Sunday 12am – 4pm


1. Elizabeth Thomson, Cellular Memory III, 2019, glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin,   Aqueous isolation, cast vinyl film, lacquer on contoured and shaped and wood panel,  900mm xx 900mm x 50mm 

Elizabeth Thomson and Judy Millar at the Aigantighe Gallery

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