Movement, Stillness, Silence

5 March - 30 May 2021

The paintings and drawings of Movement, Stillness, Silence, survey the evolution of an important Southland painter. Johanna Elizabeth Qiao Tong was born (1983) in Gore. Her early childhood was spent in Waikoikoi before moving to live on other farms around the Otago and Strath Taieri regions. In 2001 she moved to Dunedin where she began to paint seriously. Since then she has built a practice that focuses on the interconnectedness of breath, heart and body - a practice that is at once singular, while rooted deeply in the philosophy of Taoism and Qigong and the tradition of twentieth century action painting. Johanna has exhibited widely in group shows and solo exhibitions. She is a committed Qigong practitioner and holds a Level Six Yuan Gong Master certificate. She lives and works at the foot of the Rock and Pillar mountain range.

Johanna Elizabeth Qiao Tong, Qiao Tong, 2021, oil on canvas


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