Art I’m Into: Justine Olsen, Curator Decorative Art and Design

Text extract and image from Ten x Ten: Art at Te Papa, edited by Athol McCredie.

Lisa Walker, Pendant, 2015, pounamu shards, silver wire, thread. Purchased 2015. Te Papa (2015-0046-1)

Pendant, 2015, by Lisa Walker

“In an ideal world I would wear this necklace to a party. This pendant may seem casually assembled, but looking more closely there is a beautiful balance. Lisa Walker tests your perception of jewellery, inviting you to look closely and think about materials, composition, making and cultural connections.

Cover detail of Ten x Ten: Art at Te Papa, edited by Athol McCredie, Te Papa Press, 2017.

“The point about Walker’s work is that she will never conform, so we should never expect piety from this energetic and daring jeweller. I admire that.”

Justine Olsen and Lissa Mitchell, 2017. Photograph by Jane Ussher