26 Sep – 20 Oct 2014
Working on a small scale and using jewellery techniques, Amelia Pascoe’s work straddles the boundaries of object and adornment. The allure of things elusive and the impacts of these desires is a recurring theme in her work. In Principia Amelia uses the pull of outer space as her starting point.
“Space has always held a strong allure for the human race, and the race between USSR and the US to control the skies was the beginning of an accelerating trajectory of exploration and discovery. In the last 60 years thousands of rockets and satellites have been launched into space, and hundreds of thousands of fragments now remain in space and continue to orbit the earth.
As jewellers we also make and release objects into the world fulfilling our desire to create and to connect. Sometimes these creations reach their destination and enrich. Sometimes their path is less well defined. Yet still they are out there”.
Amelia Pascoe was born in Christchurch and has worked in Science for most of her career before training as a contemporary jeweller. She is a recent graduate from Whitiriea New Zealand’s contemporary jewellery degree programme.
Since embarking on her studies, Amelia has presented her work in solo shows in Wellington and Auckland, has exhibited internationally through invitation, and has work held in public (Dowse Art Museum, Te Papa) and private collections. Amelia’s work is also represented in Wunderruma – a recent survey of New Zealand jewellery exhibited in Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany and at the Dowse Art Museum in Wellington.
She is currently part of Handshake II, a maker/mentor programme, working with German artist Ruudt Peters.
Principia is Amelia’s first solo show at the National.