Cat Auburn at Te Manawa

9 March 2017

Cat Auburn’s The Horses Stayed Behind is now showing at Te Manawa, Palmerston North. The highly evocative work was a result of Cat’s time as the Sarjeant Gallery’s artist-in-residence at Tylee Cottage in Whanganui and serves as a memorial to the ten thousand horses that left New Zealand for the front lines in World War One (with only four returning).

The Horses Stayed Behind is a five metre long tapestry work that features 500 flower rosettes painstakingly crafted from horse hair, similar to those made from human hair in Victorian times as momento mori. Horse riders and owners from across New Zealand donated the hair for each of the rosettes with each identified for viewers of the project.

The exhibition is toured by Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, and was the winner of Best Exhibition Regional Art at the Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards.

Cat Auburn is exhibiting new work, Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay in our upcoming group exhibition Post-landscape, opening 29 March. The exhibition examines the ongoing power of the landscape as a mode of investigation for contemporary artists. Currently living in the UK, Cat and Estella Castle worked together to create a short experimental film re-staging Constable’s painting The Hay Wain.

Image: The Horses Stayed Behind installation at SCAPE Public Art 2016, Christchurch