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  • THE SONG OF THE FROG
  • THE SONG OF THE FROG
  • THE SONG OF THE FROG

THE SONG OF THE FROG

BEAUFORT LOCATION: SEAFRONT NEAR THE STÜBBENPARK, KNOKKE-HEIST

Michael Parekowhai

°1968, Porirua, New Zealand 

Parekowhai explores cultural identity (the traditional Maori culture), history of art and its canons, high and low culture, in highly diverse ways without being ponderous. Flat on her stomach, a ballerina was lying on the seafront. In spite of her enormous dimensions she looked fragile and elegant. Her pose and presence create both feelings of tranquillity and uneasiness. Did she fall? The title The Song of the Frog gives the whole a surprising, fairy-tale atmosphere and combines the formal simplicity of minimalism with the popular visual culture and glamour of pop art. This is how he the artist succeeds in reconciling two opposite trends in art.