Best in Show 2013

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Best in Show 2013 Objectspace Auckland NZ.

A curated exhibition showcasing a selection of graduates from Auckland Design Schools. I was fortunate to be chosen as  part of this group of emerging talent. The breadth of talent was wide and diverse with Jewellery having a very strong presence. The following images show a selection from my  graduate work.

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Interest in Shadows

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Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow

 

The words of T.S Elliot 1925

The leg of my daughter

Is there anyone out there?

It has been so long since I posted  anything I will be amazed if anyone is still remotely interested in what I am up to. But never the less it is a new year, a new phase in my life so it is time to make this blog work.

Firstly a quick résumé of what has happen since grad show. Five students from Unitec were selected for Best in Show, currently running at ObjectSpace in Auckland. I was one of the 5 and a selection of my work is on show, along with graduating students from AUT and Hungry Creek. The show is an opportunity for emerging makers and designers to be promoted in a Gallery space, it is a curated show and a great experience at the beginning of the creative journey outside of college.

To complement this award, I am still coming to terms with being nominated for the Graduate Fingers Gallery Award.

Fingers Contemporary Jewellery Gallery is a prestigious gallery in Auckland, next year 2014, it celebrates its 40th year of operating!  It is the third oldest Gallery of its genre in the world. An amazing achievement for any gallery especially one situated this side of the world. So I am presently working on a body of work that further develops my approach to enamelling along with my continued fascination with impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness. It is a great personal achievement for me, one that I intend to make the most of. For me it proves that hard work and doing  what you love can pay off. My aesthetic will not be for everyone, but it allows me to address questions of value and worth that the wearing of jewellery has done for many, many years.

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Surface DisclosuresAnother example of my work presently being exhibited at the group show VERB.

It has been almost a week since opening and it has been a crazy week. The show looks great and showcases

some really excellent work from ceramics through to agricultural products.

I absolutely love the cross-section of work.

How amazing life would be if we all got on as well as we did putting the show up.  Thank you guys for a great positive experience.

Watch this space for some images of the show

Just about now

Beauty in the everyday. This has been my inspiration for sometime and the piece here is an example of what I find beautiful! This is an exploratory piece that has resulted from the use of liquid enamel, folded copper,which has been rolled through the roller. Along with firings of conventional powder enamel. Quite a lot of work to get the effect.

Liquid enamel differs from conventional enamel in a few ways. Firstly, it has an industrial  heritage which results in it been quite hard wearing. It has qualities of paint, it is finer than conventional enamel and pieces can be dipped so both surfaces can be fired in one firing. This piece, however has had 3 t0 4 firings with the addition of conventional enamel over the liquid enamel.

All the findings are oxidized silver and influenced by urban hardware, such as gate fixings.

It is a starting point and for my a good starting point.

Hard to keep up!

It’s been a wee while since I posted, well that’s life in the fast lane!  The trouble is there are so many thoughts spinning around in my head the opportunity to write seems to jettison past and then the amazingly insightful thing, or just the random thought has gone!

The belief in ones own work is hard at times. Perhaps that is the time when the big questions are pondered and maybe answered if one can be brave enough to continue making. Personally, the act of making is a 3D thinking, tinkering with problems, exploring constraints and honing skills. The absolute frustration is the constraint of time and that is  where I sit now. Never enough of it to fully explore the whirlpool of thoughts that are sloshing around my head.

“You must discover the artwork that you like, and realize that the response that you make to it. You must especially know the response that you make to your own work. It is the way you discover your direction and the truth about yourself. If you do not discover your response to your own work, you miss the reward. You must look at the work and know how it makes you feel” 

Agnes Martin;  Beauty is the Mystery of Life.

The part I have taken from the above is the word REWARD.  It has taken a long time to feel good about accepting reward for work I have done. The reward can be small, it can come from myself or from others but it is a moment to savour and not diminish. It is the fuel that can feed the moments of frustration and angst because on reflection; those moments  remind us that a reward can be obtained with just a little more determination over the problem that is facing you.

I am slowly discovering how my work makes me feel, and presently I am enjoying the production of work that is of me. Not for anyone else. Never before have I been so selfish in my enjoyment of producing things. I am listening to myself, producing what I like but aware that not everyone reads it the same .  And as of now that makes me feel quite good this is an opportunity to immerse myself into the personal response to my own tinkering. I am beginning to like the feeling!