Jenn Rendall

Master Fine Art in Painting – University of Canterbury


Where have all the flowers gone – 2017
Paint and nails, Circular wall installation 320mm across

Rendall_Psy_ HiRes.jpg
Psychedelic Kumara Migration (Ipomoea Batatas) – 2016, Christchurch
Framed Screenprint, 810 x 620mm



Jenn Rendall lives in Lyttelton and has an MFA in painting from the University of Canterbury.  As well as painting, she has also worked across a range of media including drawing, print and installation.
Her work has been shown at public art galleries and dealer galleries throughout New Zealand, as well as Australia, and in Japan in association with the Sendai/Christchurch post earthquakes art exchange.

Artist statement

  1. About the wall installation ‘Where have all the flowers gone’ 2017

Titled after the ‘circular’ song written by Pete Seeger, which refers to both human and environmental loss.

  1. About the ‘Psychedelic Kumara Migration (Ipomoea batatas)’ screenprint series

This print series came about from a project of invited artists, who don’t necessarily work in printmaking, to participate in a project under the guidance of the head of the printmaking department at CPIT in 2011.

The project started at this time, and an early edition of monotonal screenprints of ‘Psychedelic Kumara Migration’ was completed.

However, due to disruptions during the earthquakes in Christchurch, the full-colour screenprint edition wasn’t completed until 2016.

The idea behind ‘Psychedelic Kumara Migration (Ipomoea batatas)’, started to form while I was researching the origins of kumara, in the Natural History section of the Auckland museum. While there, I saw a kumara plant whakapapa, showing the descent of the kumara from Rangi and Papa, through Rongo, and including the star Whanui (the named celestial home of Kumara in this context), as well as all of the associated plant, animal and insect species associated within the environment of the kumara.

Some of these associated tohu of the kumara whakapapa, have been referenced in my drawing for this screenprint, including the native clematis flower (Pikiarero, or puawananga), the rata, the kumara moth, and the star Whanui (a.k.a Vega).


Links & Websites

coming soon