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Tiwai Archaelogical Boxes

Other Projects

Sniper's Prayer (In the Church Yard, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin, 2015)

Making History (Waiheke Community Art Gallery WI, 2009)

Whero Kuriwao/Red Bush Dog (Waiheke Island, Private Collection, 2009)

Kuri/Dog (Dunedin City Council, Art in Public Places Commission, 2008)

Line of Dogs (Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville-North Queensland, 2005)

Tinnie Waka (James Cook University North Queensland 2005)

TIWAI (Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2004)

Tiwai Archaelogical Boxes (2001/2005)

Whakamaoritanga/Translations (Hocken Library Gallery, Otago University 2000)

Motupohue/Bluff Hill Lookout (1994/2000)

Otago Necklace (Private Collection 1998)

Papakihau/Slapped by the wind (1993-1996)

FLUXUS: Selected Works (1983-1987)

Casting myself as-artist-as-archaeologist; I excavate and juxtapose pre-and-early Maori/European histories with the present day industrial occupation of the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter in Bluff Harbour. The archaeoligical box series re-constructs excavated artifacts at an intimate body-scale. The reference material is informed by archaeological data gathered from the Tiwai Point site prior to the building of the aluminium smelter in 1968/71. The Tiwai boxes speak about the changing technologies from stone to metal and export currency that have occurred within the harbour location of Motupohue/Bluff.

The first in a series of Tiwai Archaeological Boxes, was selected for inclusion in the 4th New Zealand Jewellery Biennale Grammar: Subjects and objects curated by Deborah Crowe in 2002 and this exhibition toured nationally.

 

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