10 Mar – 02 Apr 2022
“My words are silent. They have been imbued into the works. Sometimes a work is full of joy and beginnings and yet that same work the next day can carry the weight of misgiving and loss. I think the green bird is my friend.
There are so many things that have slipped into this body of work over the four years of its development. My studio is littered with the pieces that never breathed, but working for this long on a show means that, rather than a hard focus, there has been meandering.
There are many stories that found their way into the work. A trace of the hilarity of Jorge Luis Borges’s, Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. I keep returning to the categories he suggested for classifying animals. They seem ridiculous, yet in the proposal that we could think differently, there is a whisper of truth as we find ourselves needing to change and rethink our relationships with the world and each other. COVID arrived and roosted. Perpetuated cultural stories that surround us echo in the pieces. Reaching an age where the end is no-longer theoretical re-evaluating choices made becomes a morbid past time. A consideration of touch, and jewellery as an object that engages intimately with our senses and may even change us inhabits the works. Mostly, however, is a lifelong ongoing fascination with the measurable versus infinite possibility.
This exhibition holds many strands. The threads seem to weave together and the different ideas, flitting lightly, speak to each other somehow”.
Andrea Daly, 2022
Andrea Daly is a contemporary jeweller based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She studied in Australia at Sydney College of the Arts completing an undergraduate Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Jewellery. She went on to complete a Masters in Philosophy (First Class Honors) majoring in Art History at Auckland University.
Andrea has been involved in art education since 1990 as a guest lecturer at several New Zealand educational institutions, a lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology in the Visual Arts Degree from 1995 – 2004, Hungry Creek art and Craft School from 2008 – 2019, and is now teaching at Whitecliffe on their Bachelor of Jewellery Design and Technology. She has taught across various subjects; drawing, jewellery design, contextual studies, professional studies and was H.O.D. of jewellery 2018 – 2019. She was a partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery from 1991-2017.
Andrea continues to exhibit nationally and internationally, and was selected in 2019 for Schmuck in Munich. Her work is held in both public and private collections.