Poi Girl II, 2006
Poi Girl II
This artwork is not on display in the exhibition anymore.
Areta Wilkinson is one of New Zealand's foremost Māori jewellers, creating work that conceptually examines notions of cultural representation and identity while still retaining jewellery's ability to convey the personal and intimate and the relationship it has with a wearer and to the body.
Poi Girl II, 2006 (included in Kurakura Ngāi Tahu) is a brooch made from oxidised brass with a gold pin and presented under a glass bell jar. It is a strong example from her Wahine Kino series produced by Wilkinson for a solo show of the same name in 2006. A second work from this series, Tēnā koe/Hei konei ra, has also been acquired. The series reflects a shift and stylistic development in Wilkinson's practice, it is more directly autobiographical in nature than previous work (she uses her own silhouette to express different aspects of her 'self'). However, it also continues to give consideration to familiar themes within the artists practice, such as critiquing Museum practice - the collecting, containment and study of Māori/Indigenous cultures.
Poi Girl II, expands and brings up to date Wilkinson's representation in the Te Papa collection and builds on the two 2001 works held in the art collection - Labels and Herbal Mixture II and the 2004 gold Pohuehue brooch, held in the History collection, based on collections of historical botanical specimens of indigenous plants.
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