Wednesday, November 9, 2011


29 October -2 December 2011
Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Auckland

In conversation
Talk by Deborah Crowe, Mary-Louise Browne and James Pinker
Saturday 19th November 2pm

“Kia tapu, Kia hua, Kia puawai.
To grow, to prosper, to sustain”

This quote from Princess Te Puea Herangi was the theme for this year’s entry.

#5863, 2011, neckware

By constructing a piece of Neckware that is driven by wanting to bewilder where it sits in time and space, I dissect my materials and shift them from their everyday, banal existence as domestic implements into a contemporary jewellery context. #5863 has grown and prospered into a single object that is decorative while still suggesting a mechanistic function and fit. The compositional process is also sustained through the objects ability to be reconfigured by the wearer.

This is a continued area of investigation for me this year and #5863 is presented beautifully in a glass case on its own, adding to its strong sense of presence. Objective is well worth the visit this year; the organisers have put together a strong exhibit of highly refined art works, of which I have to say there is a very strong presence of jewellers.

My congratulation goes out warmly to Raewyn Walsh for her winning piece Vessel 2011. This I felt was a well deserved win that was very fitting to Raewyn’s practice. As a contemporary jeweller, Raewyn’s strengths stretch out in her experimentation with vessels especially the teapot.

I would also like to congradulate Kvetoslava Sekanova (2nd) for White Book and Jasmine Watson (3rd) for Subsequence who are both currently exhibiting along side me in the Fingers group show