Ink wash . . . Christchurch artist Kim Lowe used ink in this study of Regrowth, which is part of the ‘‘Ko Murihiku To ¯ku Whaea, Southern Mother’’ exhibition at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Three Southland artists with links to Southland are exhibiting at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery.

Kim Lowe, of Christchurch, Emma Kitson, of Wellington, and Kyla Cresswell, of Dunedin grew up in Southland but met at the Dunedin School of Art in 1993.

The exhibition is called ‘‘Ko Murihiku To ¯ku Whaea, Southern Mother’’ and can be seen at the gallery until March 26.

Lowe said the land was a key theme in all the exhibition pieces which was mostly comprised of prints.

‘‘Murihiku Southland and the land is a starting point for each of the artists’ body of work.

‘‘It’s respecting and acknowledging that we come from the land.’’

Internationally, printmaking was highly regarded, but this was not the case in New Zealand, Lowe said.

‘‘Print making is like a poor cousin to painting in New Zealand.’’

As a result, printmakers were in the minority and tended to know each other.

‘‘There’s a lot of different technical processes and so we tend to share knowledge.’’

However, the craft was making a comeback.