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Kate MacKenzie is a NZ Adam Portraiture finalist and Supreme WOW winner.
“I finished this painting the first day of Lock-down. I started it 14 months ago and it sat in my studio unfinished and unresolved…but I now realize why. As a NZ artist it is a privilege to be able to document important people and moments in time that become part of our history. “
On the first morning of Lock-down I went for a walk and oddly the peace and quiet made me feel calm. It occurred to me that I am so grateful to be living in a country so beautiful and to have a leader that knows how to react in a crisis. Her communication and timing in my opinion was perfect. If she had enforced a lock-down too early, she would not have had the support of all her people and it would have created more panic. By waiting until now, the majority of New Zealanders were ready to go with her.
This piece is full of symbolism's and references to Jacinda and this important time in history. My hope as an artist is that this painting inspires us to be strong and that we can look at this in many years time and be grateful that we have survived and learned from the experience.
“Jacinda you are an inspiration to people world-wide”.