Raewyn Walsh uses her jewellery practice to investigate the attachments we have to physical things.
‘I’m interested in the ideas that surround collection, possession, ownership and function, and the subsequent associations these themes have with time and memory.’
The Auckland artist is inspired by the natural world, and how we humans fit into it, which she says provides enough material for a lifetime’s work –‘physically, and conceptually.’
Walsh is developing a new body of work. ‘Sometimes
the materials lead the way, other times the idea takes me to a specific
material. Iterations and repetition help clarify ideas, though I am happiest
when the “solution” is just out of reach. That is
what keeps me going.’
Walsh is a resident of Dornwell studios, an
Auckland artist collective. Her work is held in the James Wallace Arts Trust
and Tairawhiti Museum collections.