Currently completing her Post Graduate degree in sculpture at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Emma Wallbanks is a breakthrough multi-disciplinary artist based in Lyttelton. She was a finalist for Ilam’s SELECT award last year, and also the recipient of the Bickerton-Widdowson trust scholarship for 2016. She has upcoming exhibitions at 30upstairs in Wellington, and Auckland’s Corner Window Gallery. Her work is concentrated on the otherworldly; where the conventional material world is re-imagined into an ongoing bizarre collection of the once lived.
For First Thursdays: ABRACADABRA, the artist is exploring a darker side of nature and the balance between the sublime and malevolent.
Black Magic willmake use of glazed ceramic stoneware, gold leaf, bone and various found organics to create a installation at Kennett Crafted Jewels.
In keeping with the jewellery context of the space, some wands shall be gilded in either gold or silver, and most will have a dark and malevolent feel to them. The concept of dark magic comes from the origins of the wand’s materials, the tip (magic) element of the wands have all been collected from Kaitōrete spit, which for the artist gives an ominous yet transcendent feeling. The wonder, beauty and also destructive power of nature is referenced in these works - there is a balance and a push/pull between that which is dark and dangerous, yet undeniably beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Wallbanks is interested in how organic matter can carry and tell a story of the place they come from - making the collected matter into wands presents a whimsical yet honorable way to encapsulate and extend the magic of Kaitōrete spit.
Many thanks to Kennett Crafted Jewels for commissioning this artist and being part of the First Thursdays Programme!