Te Ao locates her sculptural practice in relation to notions of anti-form as discussed by Robert Morris. Rather than being a direct or didactic expression of ideas, her sculptural works occupy a processual and generative space in which materials, space and symbols combine to open imaginative territory.
As part of this exhibition Te Ao has commissioned a new piece of poetry by Ashleigh Young. The exhibition takes its name, Before, from the title of Young’s poem.
Young is the author of two poetry collections, Magnificent Moon and How I Get Ready, and one essay collection Can You Tolerate This? She works as an editor at Te Herenga Waka University Press. Her recent writing has appeared in The Spinoff, Woman Magazine and The Guardian. She blogs at eyelashroaming.com.