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Jade Townsend: Homesick/Sickhome


Tue 16 Jun 2020, 10:00am–5:30pm
Wed 17 Jun 2020, 10:00am–5:30pm
Thu 18 Jun 2020, 10:00am–5:30pm
Fri 19 Jun 2020, 10:00am–5:30pm
Sat 20 Jun 2020, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Page Galleries, 42 Victoria St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Page Galleries

'Homesick/Sickhome' features a series of new mahi constructed with fishing and tourism debris; cast out by others and then retrieved by Jade Townsend from beaches across Thailand and Spain. The artist transforms this discarded material into delicately woven and painted works. Some are almost jewel-like; others have the appearance of a mossy outcrop in the depths of the New Zealand bush; or a fragment of coral at the bottom of the ocean. It is as if through the process of making Townsend has somehow returned the inorganic to an organic state.

Townsend is an artist with a finely tuned sensitivity and meticulous approach to materials and processes who is endeavouring to find a new way of making work that is more sustainable - both in terms of the environment and in relation to the realities of sustaining an artistic practice.

"[These works] express my relationship with navigation, the pull of the sea and the complex emotions of returning home. I look at this new series and realise I have made a collection of lures and beacons to signal a way back."

The exhibition will be accompanied by writing from Hana Pera Aoake and Matilda Fraser.

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