Graduating students from the senior levels of the Craft, Art and Design programme are exhibiting their work at Pataka, the new art gallery in the Porirua Cultural Centre. Their 1998 end of year show Objectives runs until late January. Jewellery, sculpture and prints were strongly represented this year.
Senior jewellery students at Whitireia draw their inspiration from sources as various as Chilean poetry and human anatomy. Their work expresses politics, love and passion in very wearable silver and gold, paua and pearl. Jewellery tutor Peter Deckers demands passion, vision and commitment from his students, and they respond with tiny sculptures that are skillful, witty and wearable.
Larger sculptures produced by the students in paper and in clay offer some fresh ideas about light and structure. Annabelle Buick's big lamps in handmade paper appear to converse amiably with each other.
Jason Ashton's work in the Objectives show develops the theme of his recent exhibit in the Capital City Clay exhibition held in Wellington at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Johnnine Anaru's bold prints are a graphic mihi, telling who she is and where she comes from in time-honoured Māori terms.
Each year's exhibition gives our talented jewellers, clay artists, printmakers and fibre artists a chance to display the authority and subtlety of their work. The Objectives exhibition has established a new benchmark of graduate performance from the Whitireia four-year Craft, Art and Design programme.