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Frances Stachl: Wood Work


Tue 26 Jul 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 27 Jul 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 28 Jul 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 29 Jul 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 30 Jul 2011, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: AVID Gallery, 48 Victoria St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Avid Gallery

A focus on new work by Frances Stachl, in which she abandons her more usual materials of silver and gold to explore the properties of wood for new statements in jewellery.

Artist's statement:

"Working with wood is an interesting challenge - there are new techniques to learn and an amazing variety of natural colouring. Turning is a lovely smooth meditative process, which allows me to think ideas over as I work. Wood is lighter in weight than the usual materials I use, and this allows me to make pieces that are substantial in mass, yet wearable. The tactility of wood is a great pleasure, and it has a liveliness that metal sometimes yields less readily.

"This focus is comprised of 2 separate groups of work. The first being the Bullet series- a more sober response to the daily horror that filters through the radio I listen to in the work shop. The second is a lighter more playful series of pencil stubs, with a little sting in the tail.

"As a Jeweller there is a wealth of material I can choose to work from, but what happens when we have used even the last stubs of these natural resources? For example a stone supplier I spoke to recently was telling me it is becoming harder to find good turquoise- Often what is on the market is dyed, or re-constituted, or worse still, older historical pieces which have been recut to supply the market. I don't believe the world will end when we have have used up the last bit of 'jewellers materials' like these, but it seems symptomatic of a human desire to consume. Working with wood and paint is a way for me to process these ideas and turn them over in my own head. I don't have a solution for an industry in which I am complicit- but I do feel the need to consider things carefully."

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