Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatāne
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Sunday 13 February 2022 - Saturday 9 April 2022 Weekdays : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Weekends : 10:00 am - 2:00 pm My piece 'Mist Dweller with Abacus' is a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D award @mmcaward I'm thrilled to be selected again amongst such a strong group of artists and object makers.
As humanity crosses the threshold of this cataclysmically forced new era, a rethinking of our roles within the narrative has come into play. The destabilising of old systems has brought the opportunity to reinvent organisations and value structures in a more conscious way, questioning previous beliefs. The Mist Dweller looks on at the abacus and calculates alternative mathematic sequences for this new world order. The mysteries of the universe are tabulated through telepathic reckoning, with the simple clicking of beads. The piece draws its energetic materialism through the use of local timbers, carved native Rata, Rewarewa, while the coconut shell beads and abacus speak of our location within the broader Asia pacific region. A reference to the measurement of time is made through the graphic shape of an hourglass, Infinity like, in the central design of the abacus rod. During a period where time has become elastic, slowed through lockdowns and sped up through quick changes to regulations, this exploration of time and the re-examining of our values through the abacus, is an apt distillation of the zeitgeist of this moment in history.