Through narrative paintings and portraiture artist Rebecca Holden seeks to acknowledge a group of New Zealand women who during WW1 conceived of and operated 'Aotea' a convalescent home for New Zealand soldiers in Egypt. This group of 8 women were from the Wairarapa and Whanganui districts and the home was almost entirely funded by the people of these regions.
Rebecca's grandfather served with the NZ Mounted Rifles in WW1 and was being cared for at Aotea at the time of the armistice. Rebecca was the recipient of the 2018 NZ Pacific Studio Friends of Anzac Bridge fellowship.
Rebecca Holden, Portrait of Mina McDonald, 2018