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.