Artists Kim Lowe and Bridget Allen have collaborated to create an interactive installation that operates around ideas of conservation, commerce, luck and culture. This work aims to create a new currency and encourage conversation and exchange.
The foyer of Filigree Fine Jewels will host this interactive work that is based on Mong Kok (Hong Kong) Fish Street sellers, where bags of goldfish, turtles and other aquatic creatures are for sale. Participants will be invited to choose a numbered Chinese fortune-telling stick, they will then be given a corresponding bag of water, plus a seedling that they can take home to grow in their own gardens.
In exchange for the seedling and water bags, participants have to write an affirmation or fortune for the next person. Once all of the bags and seedlings have been exchanged for affirmations, the exchange will continue as a fortune and affirmation telling exercise.
This work explores not only commerce and well-wishing, it also references the depletion of water as a precious resource and it's important role in growth and nourishment. The work also celebrates a playful blending of Chinese fortune-telling, Japanese origami, raraka harakeke, and Shinto nature worship in a carnivalesque installation for all ages.
Kim Lowe is a printmaker and teacher who often uses her mixed hybridized Asian ancestry in her work. Bridget Allen is a mother of four and works in sculpture and printmaking and creates edible landscapes. Both artists are based at Toi Te Karoro, a printmaking studio in New Brighton and they currently are weaving for Ngai Tahu to make wahakura pepe pods (woven flax baby baskets).