Corrugated Histories by Auckland and Wanaka based Artist, Gilly Sheffield.
From the Kākāriki Series
H +thread 470mm
Made from waxed cord, mercerised thread and hemp cord.
Iron rescued from Lake Hāwea NZ.
'I love making the river pieces. The meaning behind these pieces are many fold.
They are always a form of remembrance for those that are no longer part of our lives, but I also like to think that they portray hope for the journey into our future.
Sometimes they also pay homage more literally to our great rivers like the Clutha Mata au.
These corrugated crosses represent the interwoven and intertwined nature of whānau and culture. I use the iconic iron that has protected so many New Zealand families and weave on it to showcase the skills that have been passed down from generation to generation in the myriad of cultures that are part of being a New Zealander. The shape of the cross itself represents the Southern Cross and celebrates its importance in how our ancestors found their way here, and how we in the present choose to navigate the lives we lead.' - Gilly Sheffield