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Big Occity



   Reproduction of Original ‘Big Occity’ 1970

     In the Collection of Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, Tongarewa


Bad weather often kept us inside. The children’s games and inventions were a great foil to the sparseness of the landscape. The painting of the ephemeral moments usually developed from a quick drawing to fix the event in my memory, after which I found I can reconstruct the moment because of my familiarity with the subject involved.

We had one electricity point in Blarney Castle, Patearoa, Central Otago. Thomas was fascinated by having power over dark and light. Big Occity was his name for this power and he regularly plunged us into the 18th century. I caught him at it one night and shouted at him and was moved by his reaction to make this record of the event.


Michael Smither CNZM 2017

Edition of 75

Size 325 x 505



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