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Deep Material Energy II


Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am to 5pm Saturdays, 11am to 4pm Thursday 5 October 2023 to Wednesday 22 November 2023



Deep Material Energy II is a collaborative project developed with four artists from Australia and four artists from Aotearoa, curated by Heather Galbraith, Professor of Fine Arts, College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwhārangi. Within this geographic and cultural context, the artists contemplate their art practices in relation to their respective countries.

Bringing together a suite of practices involving a deep and holistic engagement with materiality, the exhibition also considers the nature of contemporary jewellery, body adornment and objects, realised through the processes of making, shaping and transforming materials.

A prominent thread connecting the visually diverse works is a shared fascination with found and recycled materials (including those from city streets, the beach, op shops, scrap metal merchants, and the rural landscape). The artists interrogate the physical, historical, political, cultural and intangible resonances of the materials they use.

Each artist employs slow hand-crafting as a way of thinking through the process of making and to meticulously unleash the potential of the materials they use.

Aotearoa makers: Kelly McDonald l Victoria McIntosh l Neke Moa l Rowan Panther

Australian makers: Cara Johnson l Inari Kiuru l Claire McArdle l Lisa Waup

Deep Material Energy II is presented by Australian Design Centre and supported by Creative New Zealand and Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Kelly McDonald, A curious story told in several parts: Chapter 2, 2023. Photo: courtesy the artist

Inari Kiuru, Eye, the beholder (detail) 2023. Photo: John-Paul Pochin, through The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson.

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