Just as whakapapa (genealogy) reflects someone’s lineage and biology, the starting line of a kete determines how its patterning and size will develop. In Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander has created three installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (M?ori weaving). Approaching these forms of human connection from a m?tauranga M?ori (M?ori knowledge) perspective, Lander engages with weaving techniques—including whiri (braiding) and whakairo (patterning)—and the concept of aho tuku iho (ancestral lines handed down continuously from generation to generation).
Portrait of Jewellery springs forward from an exploration into the ever-changing definition of contemporary jewellery. Here, the specific arrangement of objects and the spaces around them forms a visual language, speaking to the connections between people and things. Within the installation each unique object builds upon both traditional associations and personal narratives to investigate the potential divide between a tool and an item of jewellery, and spurs a conversation around use, value and meaning.
Inside/Out is a Kelston Boys High School exhibition created by year 11 sculpture students. They were challenged to investigate and redefine everyday items by exploring positive and negative space through casting techniques. Inspired by the work of Rachel Whiteread and her minimalist approach, the objects are able to evoke contemplation by giving the inside of things a life which would otherwise go unseen.
As an annual update on the state of ceramic practices in Aotearoa, the Portage Ceramic Awards provides insights on current directions and future possibilities. Established in 2001, the awards are a hallmark event for the New Zealand ceramics community, showcasing some of the best contemporary work, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.