Food for Thought 2004

The paintings are filled with bi-cultural symbols, and reflect on the colonial past with Christian references and animals and jugs in missionary attire and indigenous Maori costume. There is a large degree of satire and parody within the works. Animals such as sheep, takahi, kiwi, and roosters offer social commentary on human behaviour, by playing out social roles, pecking order and acting like sheep. Rather than passing judgment, Joanna Fieldes offers up New Zealand's ambiguous history on a platter, as food for thought.

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