Te Atinga Gallery

Alex Nathan

Alex Nathan

Alex Nathan
Te Roroa

Ko Maunganui te maunga. Ko Waipoua te awa. Ko Kawerua to moana. Ko Matatina te marae. Ko Tuohu te whare. Ko Manumanu te tangata. Ko Te Roroa te iwi. Tihei Mauriora.

My work reflects a process of exploration and adaptation of traditional designs and motifs drawn from whakairo, kowhaiwhai, tukutuku and taniko using non-traditional materials. Pieces are constructed from sterling silver plate and wire. Overlay and hand carved finishing create the point of difference, which imparts the unique character to my work. Examples of my work are held in the permanent collections of Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington and the Dowse Gallery, Lower Hutt. I have recently begun producing works using Tahitian Mother of Pearl shell, examples of which are included for the first time in this exhibition.