Handshake 4

WELCOME TO HANDSHAKE 4

Ruudt Peters (renowned artist and educator from the Netherlands) made the selection of 12 mentees and mentors. HS4 started off with a Masterclass with Estonian artist Tanel Veenre. Exhibitions have been or will be at Pah Homestead, Auckland, October 2017; Toi Poneke, Wellington during the International Festival of The Arts, March 2018; Corban Estate Arts Centre during Auckland Art Week, October 2018 and an online exhibition on the HS4Handshake website (tbc).

Shards

Shards

Rearranging the shards in a broken world A friend recently introduced me to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear from the use of an object. This can be a rationale for keeping an object...

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What About that Pink Volcano?

What About that Pink Volcano?

In late August I reached a crisis point, I had gone so wide on technique and making, I was left thinking what have I done?  Perspective had left me. This is where having access to a mentor and being part of the Handshake project came into its own. I contacted Francis,...

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Enamel Crush

Enamel Crush

About midway through the year, I started experimenting with enamel. Object collection and use is both a reoccurring theme and constraint in my work.  I started finding old enamel dishes, hammering and cutting them up and reapplying the crushed pieces of enamel, firing...

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Musings

Musings

Art has its muses and jewellery has its relationships.  Part of what happened in the studio this year was making jewellery with certain women in mind. Helen Clark was Francis' first suggestion.  She was joined by the eclectic mix of Jean Batten, Grace Jones, Francis...

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Nocebo Effect

Nocebo Effect

I haven't been well recently and the idea of a placebo has taken on a new dimension for me while I try and self-heal. As I've been doing further research into the placebo effect I've discovered another effect, the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is a "detrimental...

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Placebo Effect

Placebo Effect

For the Handshake 4 'Leanings' show at Pah Homestead, I made a series of work entitled 'Placebo Effect' with the following artist's statement: "The placebo effect is a beneficial outcome from an inert treatment. The individual believes it is functional but it is, in...

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