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  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2013, 2012

    Maker: Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image of Multiprism, and Polyhedronous Mass
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2013

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image of No One
    Photograph by David Straight
  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: Installation image
  • The Talisman Project 2014

    Maker: Roger Kelly & Mia Straka
    Materials: One of a series of five photographs
    Photograph by Danila Santana David

The Talisman Project

03 May 2014 - 14 June 2014

The “talismans” in this exhibition have been constructed for people to look, touch, enter and wear. In some instances, the object wears the body! 

Exploring the notion of a talisman - an object believed to exercise protective power – the makers aim to investigate themes of containment, protection and restriction. Working together in an increased scale of form and outside the realms of their respective practices, was new to both makers and it has pushed them conceptually and technically. Comprising over 1,000 components,  the open construction in the works is suggestive of basketry, skeletons, traps, and tunnels. The talismanic aspect of the structures is evident in terms of the repeated patterns and also with the use of the red hemp cord. In many cultures, the colour red is considered to hold special powers of protection and be able to attract good fortune.

As part of the exhibition, visitors will be able to create their own smaller constructions based on their response to the works on show. 

The Publication

A publication documenting the collaborative process and resulting work will be on sale in the gallery with an essay by arts writer & curator Karl Chitham and photographs by David Straight and Danilo Santana.


The Makers

Roger Kelly is a designer with a background in engraving, casting, printmaking and woodworking. He teaches design at Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay. Mia Straka is an Auckland-based maker, who works with jewellery and is interested in investigating form and construction techniques using non-traditional materials.