Niki Hastings-McFall: Flock

"I enjoy giving objects a second life. I am intrigued by the story within an object, how something inanimate can record and encode emotion, information and history. Objects have a power to generate warmth and connection."

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 5 April 2015
  • Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm

Niki Hastings-McFall's new exhibition at Whitespace follows a continuum of ideas and expressions of her concerns for the protection of environmental and cultural landscapes. The clean cut suspended, amulets mirror the colour of lei and present bright shiny forms sparkling in the light.

The light as a symbol of the influence of Christianity has always been an integral component of Niki's work and here the reference to our colonial past is subtle but ever present. Just as historically the amulet accumulated mana through contact with a capable wearer, Niki bestows mana on her sculpted forms through her careful detail and meticulous selection of colour and form.

Bird shaped amulets and carved forms were prized by early Maori and have been discovered throughout Polynesia. H.D. Skinner's Journal of the Polynesian Society has been a source of reference for Niki's new work, the sketches and line drawings of early New Zealand amulets discovered and documented by early explorers.

These shapes were bound to resonate with Niki, she has been involved with bird rescue for many years, her life is intimately tied to the birds she cares for- her studio and home resonate with birdcalls.

Birds from all cultures across time are featured in visual art and literature. They have come to represent among many things, the realm of the spirit world, they are harbingers of both fortune and evil, and in dream mythology they represent the personality of the dreamer.

In Flock, Niki's personality abounds; it is bold, colourful, confident and respectful.

Niki graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in jewellery, from Manukau Institute of Technology in 2000. Since graduating, Niki has achieved much acclaim. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Chartwell Trust, British Museum, GOMA, Museum of Volkekund in Germany, Tjibaou Centre in Noumea, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, The University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington.

*Special thanks to Reuben Poharama, Martin Hill & Braeden Foster from Hubbub.


4 - 22 March 2015 Auckland Arts Festival: Aotea Square & Q Theatre Window Installation

7 March - early August 2015 Te Wā Tōiri Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

18 July - 25 October 2015 Wunderruma Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki



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