A bottle of water sits on top of a light purple platform. That platform sits on top of two gold-coloured hexagonal legs. Behind, leaning against the wall is a row of over-sized incense sticks, also purple

Dane Mitchell: Iris, Iris, Iris

Dane Mitchell’s Iris, Iris, Iris merges the visible world with the invisible, using the many meanings of the word ‘iris’ to explore the senses of smell and sight.

  • When | Āhea 9 Dec 2022 – 27 Aug 2023
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Strong fragrance

    • Audio guide has transcript

    • Some artworks are on the floor, without barriers

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Iris fragrance infuses silk cloth, which is printed with images of the artist’s irises. Perfume swirls in a jar, combining the extracted scents of iris-related objects: the lens of an Olympus camera, an iris flower, a paper umbrella the exact hue of the artist's iris.

Hundreds of iris-scented incense sticks line the gallery. To burn these one after the other would take five years – the life cycle of an iris.


Audio guide: Iris, Iris, Iris

Toi Art audio guide

Watch Dane Mitchell talk about Iris, Iris, Iris


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