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Currency - Wai Taonga: Art Exhibition


Sat 8 Dec 2018, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Tutere Gallery & Creative Space, 48 Tutere St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: joannamere

1pm Sat 8 Dec 2018 - 3pm Sat 6 Jan 2019. Tutere Gallery is open every Fri, Sat, Sun & by appt. Artist working onsite during exhibition.

The global issue of the ownership and distribution of natural resources is raised in a modern art exhibition now showing in Kapiti, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Local environmental jeweller JoAnna Mere questions the values we hold toward water and challenges us to consider anew our role as kaitiaki, earth stewards.

In "Currency - Wai Taonga", Mere presents an evocative range of upcycled metalscapes. From handheld golden ingots through to wall-sized, watermarked 'banknotes'; the artist has used light refraction to represent air and water in dynamic scenes of skyscapes, waterfalls, streams, lagoons, mountain lochs, sea and snowscapes. Hand carved, painted and drawn on various metals (including silver, brass, steel, copper and iron) the artworks review water as a priceless commodity.

Also exhibiting in the show is the stunning paua-shell like cloak "Kapiti Matariki Korowai". Created by Mere along with 100 local school children, this Creative Communities funded project makes a strong visual statement about the impact of plastic packaging.

Economists and environmental activists are invited to come and korero together about our planet.

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