“Many of my large drawings and paintings are guided by a series of work book drawings titled "Life in a Box". The drawings are a kind of daily drawn visual diary, accumulated over the years, recording narrative imagery in pen on paper. Drawn from memory, popular culture, family and everyday existence, these drawings have taken on a life of their own, including characters and scenes shaped and formed from imagination. The drawings are the life force of my practice and over time has accumulated into a large cache of drawings stored in a box, hence "Life in a Box”.
Lorene Taurerewa has exhibited in private, public and museum galleries, recently with: The Kentler International Drawing Center, New York, Schick Art Gallery, New York, McLean Projects for the Arts, Washington DC, Fountain/Armory Art Fair, New York, Miami Art Fair, Miami, USA, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Sarjeant Gallery, New Zealand Pah Homestead, Auckland, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, Waikato Museum, New Zealand, Pataka Museum, New Zealand, Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand and the He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China
Taurerewa is part of private and public collections, with recent acquisitions including the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia and the James Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand. Taurerewa is the recipient of awards including Creative New Zealand Arts Council Grants and was awarded an artist in residency at the IASK Residency, The National Artists Studio: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea