Jeff Thomson

Mesh, 2016

perforated steel, aluminium steel mesh and paint
8,000 x 2,600 x 1,600 mm (variable)

One of my all time favourite New Zealand paintings is Pohutukawa Rina, 1930 by Evelyn Page. Filtered sunlight through pohutukawa leaves falls upon two female nudes creating a pattern that camouflages and blends their bodies with that of the surrounding foreshore. The idea of Mesh is to create an experience of transformation, of patterns of light and shadow. Using perforated sheets of steel and aluminium and a variety of meshes, the sculpture spans a curved section of the walking track, leaving no option but to enter. Once inside, the repetitive punched and cut out holes, layered and singular, create a magical environment of dappled light and, looking outward, moire patterned vistas of the surrounding Matiatia environment. Mesh will hopefully bring a moment of respite from the heat of the day, a shelter of speckled shade not unlike the pohutukawa shadows along the walkway.

– Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thomson

Born 1957, Auckland
Lives and works in Auckland

Jeff Thomson had become known for his sculptures of corrugated iron since the mid 1980s. Over his career he has used this common building material in a myriad of ways: cut into strips and woven, screen printed onto, stacked, knitted, or turned it into lace and used it to make moulds from which he casts other materials. An infamous works is the corrugated iron clad HQ Holden Station Wagon (1991), which he drove for three years in New Zealand and Australia.

Thomson has exhibited predominantly throughout Australasia, Germany and France. In 2003 he was commissioned to create a sculpture for Berlin as a gift from the people of New Zealand to the people of that city. The retrospective of his work, Corrugations: the Art of Jeff Thomson, was presented and toured by Tauranga Art Gallery from 2013. Thomson is represented in many public and private collections throughout New Zealand, including Gibbs Farm.

Represented by Bowen Galleries, Wellington