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3 woven artworks on display

Weaving and the whimsical at The Dowse

Two brand new exhibitions featuring incredible makers from the Wellington region are now open:

Visit Angela Singer’s  Second Sight and celebrate an aesthetic of reclaimed riches, created out of society’s cast-off treasures. Or see how the past and the future are woven together in Veranoa Hetet’s  Creating Potential.

Veranoa Hetet, Creating Potential

Veranoa Hetet stands in front of a wall graphic of her name and the title of her exhibition

The past and the future are woven closely together in these works by prominent Māori weaver Veranoa Hetet QSM (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Āwa).

Veranoa is a master Māori weaver and kaiako based in Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt, who comes from a long line of prominent makers.

She first learnt the weaving techniques raranga, tāniko and whatu kakahu from her mother, the late Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, and learnt tukutuku and kowhaiwhai from her father, master carver Rangi Hetet.

In her new exhibition, Creating Potential, Veranoa explores the notion that each of her works hold the past, building from traditional methods, patterns and stories of whakapapa. But they also hold the future, the exciting potential of creating something new, using contemporary materials, colours and techniques.

Woven with a deep sense of aroha for both past and future generations, Veranoa’s weaving upholds the creative legacy of her whakapapa by “seeing what can be, working out of what was”.

Angela Singer, Second Sight

Taxidermy animals arranged on a table in a lime green room

Of ghost birds, floating snouts, monstrous cats and flowered deer, Angela Singer’s Second Sight presents a whimsical and fairytale look at dead animals.

However, like all good fairytales, there is a dark undercurrent to Singer’s work. On gazing deeply into their glassy eyes and you might just see how dysfunctional our relationship to the animal world has become—how twisted it is to expect dead things to ‘play alive’ for our living rooms and museum collections.

In Second Sight, Singer’s works gives forsaken vintage taxidermy new life using discarded jewellery and kitschy decorative items sourced from second-hand shops and hand-sculpted modelling materials. As both an artist and animal rights activist, Singer has never taxidermied an animal herself. Instead, her works help us imagine a better future for these creatures by celebrating an aesthetic of reclaimed riches, creating something strange and beautiful out of society’s cast-off treasures.

Visit The Dowse Art Museum, open daily 10am – 5pm
45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt
Free entry

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