In my final work as part of Handshake 5  at Te Uru Contemporary Gallery (Auckland), it feels appropriate that I refer to:
s e p a r a t e n e s s.

Handshake has offered me the opportunity to be part of something *much* bigger than myself. I’ve been included in a warm, supportive, community of like-minded makers, shared ideas, and consolidated friendships.

At the same time, I’ve been working in my studio alone but not feeling alone.

I’d like to sincerely thank Peter Deckers and Hilda Gascard for the amazing opportunities they’ve offered to me as being part of this amazing programme.

New Zealand Contemporary Jewellery wouldn’t be what it is without them.

We’ve had the opportunity to reach out to an international platform, be part of shows that would otherwise not have been created, and continue with our practice with a meaningful series of goals.

I can’t wait to see the next iteration!

Belonging and s e p a r a t e n e s s.

Work and photo by Nik Hanton (Stealing from the greats. A miniature “David” by Leonardo Michangelo)
PLA, sand, textile
130 x 70 x 80 mm

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