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Kirsty Gardiner - The Signature of All Things


Thu 23 Jan 2020, 11:00am–3:00pm
Fri 24 Jan 2020, 11:00am–3:00pm
Sat 25 Jan 2020, 11:00am–3:00pm
Sun 26 Jan 2020, 11:00am–3:00pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Zimmerman Art Gallery, 329 Main Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The title of this exhibition, "The Signature of All Things”, is also the name of an epic novel by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Reviewer Elizabeth Day describes the novel as bringing to the fore “all those forgotten women of science, whose trailblazing work was swallowed up by more famous men. But it also asks us to consider whether a life lived in the shadows, comprising of a million, small, unnoticed actions, is worth any less than a life of big gestures and public recognition.”

When making the art works for this exhibition, Kirsty Gardiner played an audiobook of Gilbert’s novel in her studio, listening to the story unfold as the artist fashioned each small object. In this sense “The Signature of All Things” has been a constant companion to these new pieces, a collection of wheel thrown and hand built ceramic works that combine elements of history with artistic imaginings.

“The signature of all things” is also a phrase associated with the writings of Jacob Boehme, a 16th century mystic. Boehme discoursed on the law of signatures, a concept attributing hidden meaning to objects in the real world. Boehme believed that the natural world, by God’s design, holds the clues to show humans how to lead better, healthier and more enriched lives.

These three threads - an epic novel, a reviewer’s quote and a mystical concept – each intertwined in the artist’s mind to become a fitting title for the current exhibition.

The exhibition comprises more than 30 new mixed media objects, including those featured in this listing. As works are acquired, the artist will add further works to the exhibition, to ensure a rich variety of works remains on display until the exhibition ends on 31 January 2020.

Zimmerman Art Gallery is closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays, from 25 December until 2 January inclusive, but is open every other day from 11am to 3pm.

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