Raewyn Walsh graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) from Unitec in 2009. She won the Objective Art Awards in 2011. Her work toured in Wunderruma 2015. She was a participant in the international jewellery mentoring programme “Handshake”, working with Henriette Schuster (GER). Raewyn is a founding member of the Jewellers Guild of Greater Sandringham, a grassroots collective that produced the “Overview” newsletter and has been active in international content provider’s discussions. Raewyn lives in Auckland.
This group of shells tell the story of gathering, collecting and, in the end, interruption. When we collect, we remove items from circulation. The purpose of these items then changes; now human-centric and in the service of our needs and wants.
I collected these shells from daily walks on Muriwai Beach, and then I intervened even further. The geometric markings on each shell mask the organic systems of nature into an ordered freeze frame. A tessellated moment where there are no gaps or overlays. It never lasts, but it is what we do.
Raewyn Walsh, 2019