Sunday, November 8, 2015

DECODED - Exploring Traditional Weaving in a contemporary context 

Northart Gallery
Norman King Square, Ernie Mays St, Auckland
Solo Exhibition 2 - 22 November


Artists talk 2pm, 22nd November


'Welcome to my world' 2015
Muka, fabric flowers, polyurethane coated cotton
2000 x 4000mm



Kaakahu Kakano 2015 (below)
Hemp fibre, korari (NZ flax flowers), imitation fur, muka (flax fibre)
620mm x 1020mm 










Monday, November 2, 2015

DECODED - Exploring Traditional Weaving in a contemporary context 
Northart Gallery
Norman King Square, Ernie Mays St, Auckland
2 - 22 November

Meet the artist 2pm 22nd November


Decoded is a collection of works made over the past two years in diverse locations such as Perth (Australia), Manhattan (New York), Auckland, Kerikeri and Kohukohu (Hokianga). 

On a practical level ‘decoding’ represents becoming an artisan, understanding the craft of weaving by hand.  It also represents human nature, the desire to work things out, to decipher and understand.   Patterns, symbols, knots and codes have been used to communicate messages for centuries as well as within nature and these are incorporated into the work as a way of exploring and expressing conceptual ideas.

From delicate, detailed weavings to large scale contemporary pieces, works retain the mauri/life essence of the natural fibres and the crafting process to create pieces that juxtapose nature and man, past and present, hand-crafted and mass produced and send a message to seek a balance between these extremes.  




STREAMING TEARS 
MaterialsMuka (NZ flax fibre), Dried Harakeke (Phormium Tenax), 
copper, wood & glass beads
Dimensions:  150 x 160mm


TRIBAL OFFERING II
Materials: Piupiu (Dried and Rolled Harakeke/NZ Flax), 
Muka (Harakeke fibre), Feathers, Wooden Beads, Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 450 (W) x 200 (H) x 40 (D) mm