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Lower Life Forms

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4 November 2009

Lower Life Forms


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The 2009 Portage Award winners Madeleine Child and Philip Jarvis bring work to Wellington for the next exhibition at the Mary Newton Gallery, Lower Life Forms.

Lower Life Forms is a new direction for Dunedin-based husband and wife team, Child and Jarvis. “Formerly their work replicated household objects as ceramics. This new work instead takes domestic detritus as its material” said gallery co-director Mary-Jane Duffy, “and the results are other-worldly and upbeat.”

“Two subjects – marine life and an unusual plant called a Vegetable sheep - connected by a fascination with nature’s ability to co-achieve efficiency and equilibrium, offer a way of working with dissimilar materials in intimate, symbiotic association. These materials include masses of tied and twisted rubber bands, paint-saturated sponge and ceramic polyps, pottery and it’s packing materials, doodads & doodahs, oversized nic-nacs in a tradition of ornament and embedded decoration. Working with the not obviously beautiful things demands study and rewards closer inspection” said Philip Jarvis

Lower Life Forms runs until 28 November 2009.

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