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Window Gallery

  • Installation view

    Maker: Vaune Mason
  • Installation view

    Maker: Vaune Mason
  • Your Flight Was (detail) 2011

    Maker: Vaune Mason
    Materials: wooden box with acrylic magnifying lens, pinhole photograph, mynah baby skull, thrush breast bone and vertebrae, cat claws, ribs and tail bones, bronze and stg silver brooch
    Courtesy of the artist
  • You Were There (detail) 2011

    Maker: Vaune Mason
    Materials: plywood, rimu, acrylic lens, pinhole photograph, crab, tiger moth wings, bronze and stg silver brooch
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Who Are You To Me (detail) 2011

    Maker: Vaune Mason
    Materials: lightbox, antique glass negative of unknown person, pinhole photograph, antique prayer beads, silver, lens, artist's hair
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view

    Maker: Vaune Mason

Structure: Life

01 March 2011 - 30 March 2011

In this installation, Wellington based object maker and contemporary jeweller, Vaune Mason, elevates the remnants of non-human lives. She says that a tendency to focus on minute things has led her to imagine "a whole world of memories untold in the lost lives of common insects, birds and animals." The viewer is encouraged to see these constructions as Mason does; not as macabre constructions, but as testament to the innumerable, yet precious, untold lives of small animals everywhere.
"Using mementos, photos, and passed on belongings, we build up stories of our lives," Mason observes. "We bestow and communicate the value we have for an individual's life by deifying these objects. We give status as well through rich decoration and housings for these relics. We keep photos and film of these people, and by all these means, we build up constructions ... to hang the memory of their life on."

Vaune Mason is a Wellington based object maker and contemporary jeweller