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Kaleidoscope - Theo Schoon

Television (Full Length) – 1982

I have always felt the presence of the Māori in this place. The fact that it’s called Wai-o-Tapu rings a bell immediately. The Māori knew this was sacred ground. The name is correct.
– Theo Schoon on his connection to Wai-O-Tapu (which translates as sacred waters)
Theo Schoon’s charismatic personality, his desire to experiment in a range of media and to interact with Māori art and culture were a stimulus for other artists. Knowledgeable, committed and technically skilled, he occupies a significant place in New Zealand art.
– Theo Schoon's biographer Damian Skinner, in a 2000 Te Ara profile of Schoon
An artist in suburbia is always a problem. If you do something that is out of the ordinary, then you're trouble.
– Theo Schoon on the smell of rotting gourds annoying his neighbours
Almost the irony of the whole thing: here is all this magnificent abstract art, and nobody liked abstract art, but here nature was producing it [through] underground movement. It has to be underground in New Zealand.
– Theo Schoon on being inspired by Rotorua's geothermal activity