HANDSHAKE 4

 

Nadine Smith

I am a Wellington based artist and nurse, creatively exploring self and society through diverse materials.

Medical and other recycled paraphernalia, when used out of context can create a tension between the familiar and the unknown. Transformed into objects and jewellery, these pieces explore the relationships between the decorative and the original function of the materials.

The works aim to intrigue, inviting the audience to reflect and make connections from their own life experiences.

On another planet

Fueled by a bowl of porridge and a walk on the skyline my mind was sure to wander.  You wondered about that cow picture didn't you?!  Walking lets my imagination roam free and is a necessary part of my process. What my hands and mind have been up to lately: Lots of...

Laws of attraction

Working largely with recycled materials,  I’m interested in how certain objects and materials attract me in whilst others I’ll toss aside

Thoughts on Polarity

  Twelve artists drawn together for our desire and vision to use our hands and minds to make jewellery and objects.  Handshake provides the platform to spring forward. Sometimes we dip, and others we dive into unknown territory to make pieces that reveal something of...

Cockatoo Island – In the eye of the beholder

21st Biennale of Sydney: Superposition. Equilibium & Engagement Cockatoo Island as a creative venue Cockatoo Island is on the  UNSECO World-Heritage list.  It is one of the best surviving examples of convict transportation and colonial expansion through convict...

Super Positions: Stanley Street Gallery

 Merilyn Installing Nik Hanton's pendants A trip to Sydney to be part of the Handshake Show Super Positions at Stanley Street Gallery provided a great opportunity to make connections with other Handshake artists,  art appreciators and collectors. Liza and Merilyn, the...

Grid-lines – Process at Toi Poneke

Gabby O'Connor worked with us wholeheartedly for our install at Toi Poneke.   The Grid-lined drop sheet  installation challenged the conventional wall plinth gallery display.  Hand drawn with crayons, the grid lines resembled a page in a workbook.  These were hung...

Altered States – Leanings Exhibit at Pah Homestead

A summary of my work in the Leanings show at Pah Homestead My work Altered States evolved with diorama like play.  Lots of scenarios were played out with  bits and pieces on boiler bases before the final work was completed.  Scenes were arranged and rearranged for...

Brace yourself

Brace yourself - get ready for the roller coaster ride of creativity. This year I returned to creating from home.  I'm finding new ways of working and yes, procrastination techniques too.  In my city based studio, to fill in time I could chat to studio mates, and shop...

Work life balance – escape to Whanganui

Work Life Balance - Is there such a thing?   Artist unknown - found sculptural installation, Makara   A weekend in Whanganui at a friends 50th and surprise wedding provided  fun times with friends and  the chance to explore a part of NZ that I'd only ventured to once...

Trash or treasure – material beginnings

  Most artists I know are collectors of stuff.   Its become a bit of a habit collecting things I see potential in.   I get great joy turning the discarded into the regarded.     Just like our planet is getting bogged down with the trash from human consumption so is...