• Artist

    Maria Olsen

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    acrylic on canvas

  • Size

    1220 x 3480 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Feb 1987

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    cauldrons, symbolism, symbols, feminism, landscapes (representations)

  • Chartwell Notes

    The subject of cauldrons was a familiar theme in Olsen’s work in the late 1980s and links her with other feminist painters of the time.


    As art historian Elizabeth Eastman wrote in Art New Zealand’s Issue 26 in 1983: Her work was linked “in a very general sense with recent feminist art, where content is a primary concern. Not that Olsen's works have a particularly feminist content: but at the same time, I feel there is much about her method of working, her use of materials, that has links (connections rather than influences) with recent art by women artists both in New Zealand and elsewhere...Such use of the techniques of binding, bondage, bandaging, wrapping, can be actions of healing, protection, nurture. The Cauldron works also have this sense of mystical healing properties." 

Exhibition history

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