Entwine WEBvite
5 September - 30 September

A trio of women with powerful subjects create structures of fragile beauty. Threads drawn from nature, a representational and conceptual narrative. Clay, wire and thread are sewn, twisted and fashioned to tell layered tales of past and present, microbial to monumental.

Lilly Maetzig is an emerging artist based in Christchurch. She graduated from CPIT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Design with a major in Visual Arts. Lilly draws with a sewing machine onto water soluble fabric. She makes a base of thread, which allows her to apply layers of cotton to make up an image. Although her work seems very fragile, her repeated stitch creates a surprising amount of strength in each piece. Lilly won The Drawing Room award for traditional media with her piece, xx, in 2013. The subject of Lilly's work is always drawn from nature, where she investigates what a plant might mean, or will playfully reflect nature’s own work. She draws inspiration from Victorian wallpapers, traditional flower arrangements, and in some of her recent works will take a belief which is based around a particular plant and illustrate it in a light-hearted way. 

Veronika Maser was born in Switzerland and is currently living on the West Coast of the South Island. She has worked as a full time artist since 1999, exhibiting widely nationally and internationally. “My woven , twisted and formed wire works show influences of patterns and layers emerging in the microbial world. It has been my passion cultivating foods through fermentation. The intriguing life of microbes has become my influence. Abundance of health can be experienced through consuming and embracing it as part of life. In my artwork I am drawn to the stillness and introspective side of oval shapes, it is a favourable choice that evokes comfort in me. Layers of patterns in my work create a moving landscape that takes place on a microcosmic level.”

Tatyanna Meharry was born in Christchurch and enjoyed a creative childhood with her Grandmother, Doris Holland nee Lusk.  She has her Masters of Fine Arts and currently teaches Ceramics at Risingholme. Tatyanna has exhibited in numerous national shows and explores ideas of history through the re interpretation of Colonial and Victorian motifs and icons. The ambivalent over hunting for specimens and destruction of their natural habitat means that the Huia shall for ever remain entwined in historical narratives, trapped between the pages of our history books.  We consider this, as on-going efforts are made to protect and nurture our unique land.  These ceramic nests, eggs and family portraits of lost Huia represent the precious fragility of the ecology that we live in. 

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