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Women linked to the ocean

A detail from one of Jolene Douglas's portraits of women who are linked to the ocean.

Housed in a small gallery at Tairawhiti Museum, the exhibition of pastel works is intimate and warm.

Ocean is conceivably personified in the work pictured here of a matriarch whose neck and shoulders are webbed with a coral-like pattern.

The accompanying caption talks about indiscriminate deep-sea trawling, the netting of unsought-for sea life and damage done to the sea bed.

OCEAN: A detail from one of Jolene Douglas's portraits of women who are linked to the ocean. Picture by Dudley Meadows, Tairawhiti Museum