08 Dec – 24 Dec 2020
Vanessa Arthur is a contemporary jeweller and object-maker based in the Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Arthur completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts at Whitireia New Zealand (2011) receiving the Fingers Graduate Award (2011) on the completion of her degree. Since graduating Arthur has been selected as an artist in residence at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Wellington (2012), and as a participant in the Handshake2 project mentored by David Neale (2013–15). Most recently Arthur was again selected to participate in Handshake5 (2019–2020) led by group coach Roseanne Bartley, culminating in a group exhibition in which Arthur responded to works of Onno Boekhoudt, held in the CODA Collection, The Netherlands.
Arthur has exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally. Recent exhibitions include EXPOSE, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France (2017), Handshake Alumni and Einsaulensaal, Munich Residenz Palace, Munich (2016). Her solo exhibition To be everywhere at once yet nowhere at all, was hosted by The National in 2018, and her work was represented at Frame, Munich, in 2019 & 2020 (At Home).
Arthur’s work draws on the mark-making and detritus of urban environments and everyday life. Inspired by the incidental abstractions of contemporary streetscapes and found industrial forms, Arthur works with a range of precious and semi-precious metals to form her own idiosyncratic, gesture-driven language.
“These new works, small gestures in jewellery and object form, continue my exploration of the leftovers behind the gloss.
Intended to act as small reminders, rather than distractions.
That we too, all become slightly janky, scratched and dented eventually.
That our time is fleeting and to pluck it while it’s here”. Vanessa Arthur, 2020