My solo exhibition The Reckoning opened last Friday evening at Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke - Waiheke Art Gallery.
Presenting a contemplative journey where a series of captivating sculptures delve into the essence of our epoch as one of reckoning. Breathing life into the traditional abacus, Wanda transforms it into a vehicle that traverses the realms of value, systems, economics and spirituality. Finely carved figures and portraits observe the accounting at hand.
The exhibition runs alongside the Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on teh Gulf and the Te Tiriti o Waitangi exhibition until April 1st.
Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Prize 2024
My piece Counting Frames for a Transient Era was a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards in Whakatane over the weekend. The exhibition is held at Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi, 49 Kakahoroa Drive Whakatane and features some of Aotearoas leading contemporary artists. The exhibition runs until the 6th of April.
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Boon Sculpture Trail - Kirikiriroa Hamilton
My piece Kirikiriroa Abacus is up for your viewing pleasure in Garden Place, Kiririroa Hamilton as part of the Boon Sculpture Trail.
An interest in the divine mathematics in nature is an underlying inspiration for exploring these ancient counting devices. Over time these pieces have grown conceptually to challenge ideas around the perpetual growth economies we find ourselves inextricably a part of and their environmental impacts. More broadly they question what we value and of those things less tangible, how they can be measured. The graphic inner patterning attempts to reference water and the mighty Waikato Awa. The triangular shape of this abacus mimics the classic peaked roof shape, or the wharenui and with it a sense of home.
Exhibition runs until March 31st
The Portrait and the Abacus
Contemporary Auckland-based artist Wanda Gillespie showcases the exploration of her work in wood from her 2023 art residency on Waiheke Island.
Gillespie’s evocative wood carved figures wade through the muddy waters of a transcendent era guided by the sacred mathematics in nature. The exhibition brings together the artists fascination with ancient mathematic curiosities such as the abacus and counting tablets with the emotive hand carved human form. Artefacts of a moment in time, these finely crafted sculptures blend the tangible and ethereal and invite us to collectively reconsider our values as we embark on a new era of existence.
My solo exhibition opened last Friday at Waiheke Art Gallery marking the end of my artist residency on the island.
Waiheke Art Gallery
2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand
Open 7 days, 10 - 4pm. Exhibition runs until October 22nd
The Ministry for Mystical Reckoning
My solo exhibition is opening next week at
Stockroom - 98 Piper St, Kyneton, Victoria Australia
Opening next Saturday!! 22nd of July at 6pm. All welcome :)
Of a thing that could not be put back
Union Bank, Cecil Place Precinct, 235 Chapel St, Prahran, Naarm/Melbourne
Open today Friday 23rd June 5 - 830pm
Saturday 24th June 12 - 5pm
Sunday 25th June 12 - 5pm
So pleased to be part of this important exhibition with an incredible group of artists. Please go :) I have an abacus piece as well as some of my collaborative films with photographer and film maker Natasha Cantwell.
Council of SVOo is an art collective considering and responding to architectural, historical and socio-political themes within site. In this investigation, the bank space will be used for a series of works delving into capitalist production, labor value and changing work practices in a climate emergency and post-Covid world. Veering between the apocalyptic and the poetic, the exhibition poses the question, “what can we make with what is left?”
artists included are
More images on instagram :)
Waiheke Small Sculpture Prize
Waiheke Community Art Gallery
last days!! on until Sunday 25th June
I'm once again one of the finalists in the Waiheke Small Sculpture Prize for a 'Counting Frame for a Transient Era'. It's a really strong show this year so worth a visit.
Waiheke Artist Residency
Owhanake barn, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
May - August 2023
I'm currently enjoying an artist residency at the Owhanake barn on Waiheke island. The residency will run until September with a break in July. A solo exhibition of works produced will be presented at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery opening September 1st. Visitors are welcome to an open studio on Fridays between 10 and 2pm.