Ancient materials

Ancient materials

There is sand on the floor, Sand in my hair, Under my finger-nails, Sand everywhere. Following the making of my pieces for Te Uru Contemporary Gallery, I’m still cleaning up sand from my studio. I suspect I will be for some time. Made through the erosion of rock...
BELONGING&S E P A R A T E N E S S…

BELONGING&S E P A R A T E N E S S…

In my final work as part of Handshake 5  at Te Uru Contemporary Gallery (Auckland), it feels appropriate that I refer to: belonging and 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...
Te Uru

Te Uru

When looking at creating work for the Te Uru space I researched the meaning of “Uru”. According to https://maoridictionary.co.nz/ the meaning of “Uru” is as follows: “uru 1. (verb) (-a,-hina) to enter, go in. […]...
Sand

Sand

I’ve been spending an increasing number of hours with sand and all of the pieces I’ve made for the work for the Te Uru space reflect this. It’s incredible how each beach has a different look and feel in both the landscape and the sand. From sand...
Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

When making work in response to the Te Uru space I thought about the bringing of the outside, in. I looked at the gallery rooms and saw that from one of the spaces there’s a window from which you have a view of trees and the sea. It was this that informed my...
Stendhal Syndrome

Stendhal Syndrome

I have a fascination for psychological terminology- this has most recently been seen in my enthusiasm in response to the Placebo and Nocebo Effects, which I’ve based two bodies of work on. When I heard of the classification of Stendhal Syndrome I was excited....
Shadow

Shadow

When I saw the Eva Rothschild exhibition at Wellington City Gallery I was as drawn to the shadows cast by the works as much as I was drawn to the works themselves. Both were remarkable. I’m wanting to play with shadow in my work for the Te Uru show. The title of...
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...
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...

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