Claudia Kogachi, Artist 2021 © All rights reserved See full details

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Wearing matching visors embroidered with their initials, the artist and her mother smack a flaming tennis ball over the net toward the viewer. Tennis was painted as part of a new series of portraits titled ‘There’s No I In Team’ by Auckland-based artist Claudia Kogachi, in which the artist and mom are depicted as wonky blue figures playing a range of popular sports. Deliciously awkward and cartoon-like, There’s No I In Team is a funny yet insightful psychological portrait of the mother-daughter relationship—warts and all.
Kogachi’s earlier work depicted the pair engaged in fierce competition, but here that maternal conflict evolves into a friendlier and more collaborative spirit. Tennis depicts the pair playing on the same team, facing the world (and the viewer) together. Choosing sports that are particularly popular in her mother’s birthplace of Hawai’i, Kogachi’s work speaks to the way our upbringing, culture and identity shape our family experiences, and playfully explores the challenging emotional terrain we all traverse with the humans we love.
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acrylic house paint on ply
total: 2400 x 2400mm (h x w)
individual panels: 1200 x 2400mm (h x w)
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Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2021
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