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Rākau (sticks) from a plum tree gave artist Heidi Brickell some of the inspiration for her latest exhibition of large-scale, double-sided works.

Rākau (sticks) from a plum tree gave artist Heidi Brickell some of the inspiration for her latest exhibition of large-scale, double-sided works.

Heidi Brickell (Te Hika o Papauma, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Rongomaiwahine) is a fixture of Tāmaki Makaurau’s arts community. Since completing her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Auckland’s fine arts school, Elam, in 2011, Heidi has developed a striking painting vocabulary and exhibited throughout Aotearoa. Her new solo exhibition, PAKANGA FOR THE LOSTGIRL, at Auckland’s ST PAUL ST Gallery, is her first in an institution.

IMAGE: EMILY PARR

THEO MACDONALD: You were in the gallery every night for four weeks ahead of opening day. I’d be exhausted.

HEIDI BRICKELL: I am exhausted. Those four weeks were amazing…

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