CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND JEWELLERY
28 June - 10 July 2004
'The SOUTH Project'
The SOUTH Project is a series of events over 4 years designed to link together the cultural energies of the south beginning formally with a gathering on 1-4 July 2004 at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne.
This curated exhibition of selected New Zealand Jewellery Artists is Fingers contribution.
"There is a certain satisfaction exploring rhythm when doing repetitious work. No matter where you live in the world we all work to universal rhythms."
Te Kouma Pohatu, Basalt Breastplate, Waiwawa river, $800
Golden Lei, Paper Oysters, Kaiaua, $1000
Pacific Celebration, Dyed Bone, Nylon, Mother of Pearl $900
"A southerly journey past cold lands and icy structures"
1. Albatross bracelet $1100
2. South bracelet $NFS
3. Disappointment Island bangle, $400
4, 5, 6. Iceberg brooches, $100 each
9. Iceberg ring, $210, 7, 8. Iceberg rings, $180 each, 10. Iceberg ring, $210
Rings 10, 9, shown open. All pieces sterling silver
"I have always been intrigued by the cardinal points, those fixed compass
bearings that align us in everything we do, so powerful and dominating of
all life - animal, vegetable and mineral - yet so illusive that we imagine
that higher intelligence has excused us from their influence. They
originate in the earth's magnetic flux that is all pervasive - even the
tiniest organisms are under its influence, and so are we. I love the idea
that at the two true centres, at the still points about which everthing
turns, there is a survey mark. Some confirmation that we are there, we
have found it, and that we know where we are; North and South, the
oppositions, the poles apart."
"Poles Apart", two stones, granite and marble with crosses, each stone diameter 90 x 40mm, $1,500
1. White Bird, corian $1000
"Cast from a musket ball dug up from the battlefields of the New Zealand Wars by zealous amateur historian-collectors, the pendant is silver, just right for slaying the myth of One New Zealand. Perfect for the Paakehaa who wonders why we all can't just get along, it is a piece of jewellery that neatly turns the bullet around, aiming it forward in time to the descendants of those who fired the first shots back in the 19th century.
9 x fabric name badges;
white, european, new zealander, kiwi, pakeha,
4 x gun pendants;
large heart, 12 gauge shotgun barrel, linen cord
small heart, small calibre gun barrel, linen cord
small heart, open
.58 cal ball, 2 pure silver .58 cal. musket balls,
rifled ball, single pure silver rifled musket ball,
"Traditionally Lei were made from environmental
detritus using multiple repetitive units. The urban lei series continues
to use these principles of manufacture however the change of environment
from the idyllic South Seas paradise to a 21st century urban reality
sees a radical change in materials. Gone are the shells, seeds, leaves
and fresh blooms. Plastic, metals, paper and suburban detritus are the
new urban Polynesian resources."
2 Lei. Recycled plastic soy sauce containers, silver wire, fishing tackle, $2,800 each
"New Zealand like all colonized countries contains a mixture of the indigenous and the introduced. The kiwi stamp combines the native bird with the European postal system. Stewart Island has natural deposits of tin, identified by Professor J G Black in 1889 which started the tin rush for both Maori and Pakeha. Goldie painted his portraits of Maori when it was believed they were a dying race. The traces of New Zealand's colonized history can be found in humble objects. These objects are like coordinates in the mapping of our cultural path."
Fern Pair, $500
Tin Range brooch, Stg silver, tin, aluminium, $330
Kiwi stamp brooch, Stg silver, aluminium, $285
Goldie in his studio Stg silver, aluminium, gold leaf $410,
Chest pendant/cricket Enamel, shell, aluminium $450
"This series began with the title. Walking along Muriwai Beach. Events have superceded it and it has become part of the Foreshore Fragment series. So for the South Project we have Black Foreshore at Fingers and White Foreshore at Craft Victoria in Melbourne."
Black Foreshore Fragment Pins, Shell fragments, Silver, $185 each.
White Foreshore Fragment Pins, Shell fragments, Silver
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