Of Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Te Arawa and Scottish descent, local artist James Ormsby has become well known for his intricate large-scale pencil drawings. Influenced by various cultural histories Ormsby has created an indigenous cartography. Mapping a diverse collection of motifs, symbols and iconography he explores issues of whenua, whakapapa and personal belief systems.
Presented in TU [the space between] are a series of works that include Ormsby’s signature drawings alongside more recent strands to his practice such as oil painting and a performance work called Turrim Scriptorium. Named after the Tower Scriptorium Of Tábara, a medieval manuscript workshop from 970, this is a continuous drawing performance within the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.