Mixed media upcycled collage
My collages make use of discarded or second-hand items by combining interesting finds in ways that communicate with poetic sensitivity. Second-hand objects already have a sense of history, by putting them together to tell a fresh story it enables them to been seen in a new way. I feel that this body of work has come about as an exploration of my own identity. I am curious about how materials connected to my European ancestry can be given a Pacific-based feel. Having been born and raised in New Zealand I feel somewhat disconnected from my European ancestry and I also don't feel I entirely belong to South Pacific cultures either (I am not of Maori or of Pacific Island decent), I am a mix of both. I want to understand how my ancestral and birth connections can fit together in a way that feels like 'me'.
10% of sold work will be donated to the local Helensville Recycle Centre to help pay staff—some work as voluntary help and those that are paid only receive funds from what is sold through the shop (open 3 days a week). The centre works to reduce waste to landfill by reusing, re-purposing and recycling as much as possible. It is run by Helensville Enterprises Trust, a local community trust. They focus on creating a circular economy, community empowerment, and jobs for local people.
Most collages are currently unframed, however I can frame them for you in a white box frame. They look great on the wall or propped up on a mantle or cabinet.
If you're interested in the creative construction process — where the materials come from and ideas behind the work then follow me on Instagram for updates @arwenflowerskiwiartist