Tia Venning’s first solo show ‘Manawa Ora’ is a very personal response to the Māori Health Profile Statistics and how they impact Māori as a people and a culture. The works examine differing cultural perspectives of preciousness and value and express loss through the intersection of these tension points.
Manawa Ora translates as both ‘breath of life’ and ‘hope’ which reflects the artist’s intention to inspire change through the medium of art by instigating discussion and debate over the health issues facing Māori.
This work is by Tia Venning.
Bettina van Hulle’s work is a response to the effects of globalisation on the natural environment and ethnic cultures. The viral effects of globalisation are rapidly destroying unique identities; while global mass production and consumerism are producing vast amounts of unnecessary hazardous waste.
Through her work, Bettina wants to reconnect with nature and her local environment. The New Zealand Kowhai tree has given the artist an endless inspiration in creating this body of work. Bettina took delight in exploring the unique forms and shapes of the flowers, pods, seeds and leaves, imbuing them with her own aesthetics.
All of Bettina’s jewellery work is made from recycled metals and natural materials in combination with traditional Japanese braiding techniques. The feeling of being more connected with nature gives a mindful and sustainable approach to her jewellery making. Reverse tells the story of stepping back and thinking about how our everyday actions impact on our environment.
This work is by Bettina van Hulle.
Exhibition Dates: 6 — 20 August 2019, Monday to Friday, 10 am- 6 pm
Location: Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington