I'm a serious Colin McCahon nerd, to the
point where I walked from Auckland, where he
worked, to his house in Titirangi, three hours
away. He used to walk [between the two] when
he had no money. I’m a hardcore fan.
I was born in the same year that this was
made, so that’s kind of interesting. He made
this while thinking of his grandchild, who was
learning to count at the time. He was thinking
about children and chalkboards and things like
that. It also reminds me of hopscotch and I have made some hopscotch-y works.
He combined Christian history with New
Zealand terroir and Maori tradition. He married
them perfectly and that’s not an easy thing
to do. He struggled with faith and doubt, in
a spiritual sense and in an art practice, and I
respond to that. It’s like a dance and you can
see him doing it. He has confidence at times and loses it at other times.