A Lighthearted Migratory Myth
According to the statement provided by the 2013 pavilion of New Zealand, “Culbert’s artworks celebrate the qualities of common things and invite us to pay fresh attention to the world they come from.” Certainly, it is a common thing for New Zealanders to leave the world they came from and follow their umbilical cord back to Great Britain, as Culbert did in 1957 to study at the Royal College of Art in London. There he remains, an uncommon man in the Commonwealth’s kitchen, gazing up at Mother England as she rolls the imperial pastry for yet another half-baked illegal and immoral war that will be fought by commoners and colonial outposts in faraway lands.
Where is the faraway land for absentee New Zealanders like Bill Culbert? And why are our most precious wide-eyed magpies and moths forever flying toward the dazzle and shine of faraway lands?Slavko Martinov