Kōrerorero

Kōrerorero

There are so many times in making when talking through your work helps to clarify/solidify your thought processes- provided you’re talking with the right person. I had my kōrerorero with Sian van Dyke from the Dowse Art Museum and it offered just that. In...
Artistic reinvention- CODA

Artistic reinvention- CODA

One of the things that I love about making is trying new things. New materials. New forms. New techniques. New colour palettes. Frank Stella is an artist whose work and career one can’t help but admire. With a practice spanning over half a century, his work...
Art you can dismantle

Art you can dismantle

The showing of Eva Rothschild’s, Kosmos, at the Wellington City Gallery couldn’t have happened at a better time for me. I’ve already been looking at her work intently over the last few months so the opportunity to see it in person is excellent. While...
iii

iii

Wherever I look things seem to appear in threes… even when I’m not aware of it… i am i . you are you . .  
The trinity of artists – CODA

The trinity of artists – CODA

The works I’ve been given to respond to are made by a trinity of artists I’ve long admired. It’s a daunting prospect, but an invigorating one. It’d be daunting enough to respond to each artists’ work in isolation, but to respond to them...
Totem – Te Uru

Totem – Te Uru

I’ve been working on the idea of creating a series of modern “totems”. This raises the question of cultural appropriation for me. While I won’t be using motifs from any culture apart from my own, even the term “totem” sits...
Strangling space

Strangling space

When a collection of works is in response to a gallery space the volume and shape of the space can (potentially) over-ride/rule the works, if we let it. What if we “strangled the space” and bent it to our will rather than being beholden to it? The space...
“Zig-Zag”

“Zig-Zag”

My personality is one that thrives on order. While not a precise person by nature I do like things to be “tidy”. There’s something about a zig-zag that fits perfectly with my desire for order and my inability to subscribe to strict precision. Terhi...
Unicum

Unicum

I love words and I love discovering words that describe concepts concisely and precisely. When I saw the word “Unicum” on the sheet next to the Jantje Fleischhut work I’ll be responding to from the CODA Museum collection I was excited. UNICUM:...
Springboard

Springboard

I’ve been carefully reviewing the works that I have been given to respond to; making notes, playing with materials and researching the artists work. I’ve received three artists’ works: one from Evert Nijland, Tehri Tolvanen, and Jantje Fleishut. These...
The end

The end

And so we reach the end of the Handshake 4 journey… A journey that’s involved emails, messages and video conversations sent over a distance of more than 13,463 kms. It’s involved time a difference of 19 hours with one rising for the day and the other...
Dual Process

Dual Process

When we’re making decisions we approach the process using two different systems of thinking. In Psychology, the name for this process is called “Dual Process Theory”. The first system is our intuition. It’s swift, automatic, subconscious and...

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