Included within the dialogue of the Talisman Project we created large scale photographs depicting the relationship between the body and the object. In this series of five photographs the cast bronze figures created by Mia are encapsulated, protected and given a status of a talisman by being held in the hand at the same time depicting a metamorphosis or unfurling of the figure to suggest growth of spirit, soul, mind and body. The Photographs are in edition of 10 each and available for purchase. A3 posters with an extra image are also available as a set or individually.
The Talisman project is an ongoing collaboration spanning artforms and media in a discussion of values and interconnectivity.
Mia Straka uses jewellery as a medium to investigate personal issues and universal values. Vessel forms and weaving techniques are often incorporated in her practice, acknowledging traditional practice and investigating jewellery’s role as an object that carries meaning and value.
Roger Kelly designs and makes furniture and objects in response to humanistic values, works are driven by the desire to explore the boundaries between craft art and object design. Roger presents unexpected uses of the handmade alongside potential for commercial application.
Finding shared aesthetic, technical and conceptual interests within their respective practices, Mia and Roger combined forces in 2011 to develop a series of large scale works investigating the power of the object. By addressing issues of scale, functionality and the relationship between body and object, the work creates an interactive, sensory experience for the audience.
Installed for the first time at Objectspace in Auckland, New Zealand in May 2014, the exhibition responds to three defined sites within the Objectspace. The window, Main gallery and the Vault each have their own focus and the audience moves through these elements engaging with the works as part of a collective experience.
The Talisman Project aims to broaden and challenge respective audiences, facilitating dialogue between audience and artists in an exchange of ideas around value, meaning and function.
Objectspace May 2nd 2014