Handshake3 at The Dowse, Wellington; ‘Subject/object’ 2017

Renee Bevan believes that objects bear witness to our lives through our engagement with them. Here, she uses photographic prints to explore the potential of objects through stories; distilling each item to the emotional weight it possess for its respective owner. The objects become central characters in plots about everyday circumstances and rituals such as…

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The Phenomenology of Jewellery(ness)

The opening of the ‘Handshake3: Reflect’ exhibition at The Dowse signals the end of Handshake3 which prompted me to look at where I was at at the beginning – at the HS3 Jewelcamp in February last year. According to my Jewelcamp powerpoint presentation, I was on a mission to make jewellery with less than one…

HOARD at The Dowse

Hoard is a bookcase and library ladder salvaged from a used-book shop that closed its doors in 2015. The shelves are packed with gilded volumes, displayed with the gold edges facing outwards. It is a continuation of the series On Jewelleryness, which investigates the properties and power of jewellery. None of the works features physical jewellery forms; instead they…

detached in the observation of performance

  ‘It was like a movie’ always means something happened, you saw something happen right in front of you in an emotionally charged larger-than-life context. ‘It was like a movie’ can only ever mean that while you’re looking at what’s happening in front of you, you’ve also managed to step back from the experience, you’ve…

Opticks

Jewellery? It’s all in your perspective. The inter-relationships – connections and tensions – between science and art have been an ongoing source of inspiration. Not just the disciplines, their immediate concerns and broader contexts, but also how together they affect the way I think about and operate in the world. My studies in contemporary jewellery…

Wai…

Ko ahau te Wai, Ko te Wai ko ahau.  I am the water and the water is me. I became aware of my need for water whilst traveling overseas. I was doing alot of walking around cities carrying and refilling my bottle along the way. In Rome I discovered the many “nasoni” water fountains with…

the strangeness of things

For some time I have been taking the odd photo of the things that happen  to cross our kitchen table. Living with engineers, the table becomes a place of exchange where objects are traded between us or as a temporary residence for objects; between them having been one thing, like a raw material, and them…

Doubt

My process has always been one with doubt. Doubt and I have come to be good friends. We argue; doubt challenges me; I like to challenge doubt. Sometimes I listen; sometimes doubt listens to me. Things get clearer when we talk. ‘And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must…

The writing of Jim Moore

Email sent to Jim Moore 31st May 2017. Dear Jim Today I read your chapter ‘Photography changes how we perceive ourselves’ (in the publication ‘Photography Changes Everything’). I cried. Thank you… It was beautiful. Renee (Pages 133-135, ‘Photography changes how we perceive ourselves’ by Jim Moore; from the publication ‘Photography changes everything’, Marvin Heiferman, 2012, Aperture…