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Simon Kaan

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Simon Kaan, Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin

In a practice that includes painting, printmaking and performance, Simon Kaan is concerned with identity and the physical and metaphysical notions of space and time.  Kaan possesses a refined visual language developed over decades, tied to his sense of personal genealogy (Ngai Tahu and Chinese descent).  His practice considers the implications of the  intermingling of the Kai Tahu and Chinese elements of his heritage and his ideas are communicated through mythological ites of land, sea and sky.