March 28 - April 20, 2001
One of this country's foremost contemporary jewelers, Areta Wilkinson
utilizes the craft of object making to investigate the relationship
between the body and it's critical environment. Drawing on her dual
background as Ngai Tahu and Pakeha, many of Wilkinson's pieces have
questioned modes of representation employed in a colonial construct,
particularly regarding the preservation, and presentation of traditional
taonga in a western museological context.
The Herbal Mixture is part of a new series which explores Wilkinson's
recent experiences with illness, exploring the boundaries of the
human body, and demonstrating both its physicality and frailties.
A steel trolley sits atop stark gray lino, displaying ten medicine
bottles, each filled with a tiny metal plant specimen. Alluding
to the sterility of the hospital environment, and the intimacy of
human illness, The Herbal Mixture is quietly but compellingly evocative.
The Herbal Mixture is exhibited
at The Physics Room by permission of the Dowse Art Museum.
Reviews & Essays
Herbal Mixture - Areta Wilkinson
Essay by Deidre Brown
in The Physics
Room Annual 2001
The Press, 2001 Apr. 11, p. 40
The Herbal Mixture: an installation by Areta Wilkinson; The Waiting
Room: video work by Jinhan Ko.
The Waiting Room/The Herbal Mixture
Canta, April, 2001
Andrew Paul Wood
The Package, April, 2001
The Waiting Room & The Herbal Mixture