Kiribati Warrior (2014)
A life-size portrait bust of a warrior from the Kiribati Islands made using paper and wood as the base, crushed bone on the face and thousands of small bones from rabbits, possums, ferrets, stoats, a cat and numerous small birds covering the rest of the object. The spines on the head are from a large Snapper.
The piece is partly inspired by a life-size model in Otago Museum (Dunedin) of a Kiribati Islander wearing a helmet made from the skin of a porcupine fish but it also references the films – ‘Hell-raiser’ and ‘Prometheus’. It was finalist in the Wallace Art Awards in 2014 and in the signature piece awards at the New Zealand Art Fair in 2015.
Click here to watch a short video clip of the head being rotated.
Oves Dei (Sheep Goddess)2017
Coral Head (2016)
I decided I liked the back of my first bust more than the front so I determined to see if I could make a faceless bust highlighting two vertebral columns which would connect front and back. I had also acquired a large piece of coral which was unfortunately damaged in transit but the broken coral inspired the idea of trying to create a piece that looked halfway between a traditional bust and a natural outcropping of coral. Or perhaps a bust that had been submerged in the ocean for years and gradually covered with its own small reef. As always I wanted the work to look as if it had grown itself. This work has more layers of bone than either of the previous busts and the textural complexity is hard to capture with a photograph. The work is composed of the usual mixture of found rabbit,possum and bird bones(mostly from Central Otago) and fish spines from the dorsal fin of large snapper.
Width – 410 mm / Length – 590 mm / Height – 480 mm
For Sale – $NZ7000