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.  

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

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

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