Kazuhisa Nakagawa & Salome Tanuvasa

Kazuhisa Nakagawa & Salome Tanuvasa, SCARECROW, 2021-2022

Galvanised steel wire mesh, nylon/polyester fabrics. Life-size.

In this collaboration, Kazuhisa Nakagawa presents a sculptural interpretation of the human form using fine silver wire – an elegant filigree that suggests partly-faded bodies of which remains only these strangely-transformed circulatory systems and tracts. The preternatural figures were then clothed in abstract textile garments created by Salome Tanuvasa, whose designs were inspired by indigenous botanicals like harakeke, kōwhai and pōhutukawa.

Interplays between hard and soft materials, and positive and negative space, are at the heart of this work, serving as something of a coda for several other contrasts and dynamics that the work speaks to: between human and natural systems, between the inner workings of being and the external expression of self, between the human capacity for gentleness and hostility, embodied by the symbol of the scarecrow.

SALOME TANUVASA Lives and works in Auckland

Salome Tanuvasa is a Sāmoan-Tongan artist based in Auckland. She completed an MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, in 2014, followed by a Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Her recent exhibitions include ‘To Find, Meet,’ Tim Melville Gallery (2021); ‘From Our Beautiful Square’ Gus Fisher Gallery (2021); and ‘Stars start falling’ presented at Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2021) and later Te Uru (2021/22).

Represented by Tim Melville Gallery timmelville.com


Lives and works on Waiheke Island

Japanese-born artist Kazuhisa Nakagawa works across several disciplines. His work is conceptually grounded in the Japanese concept of ‘ma’, referring to the relational space between things where identity is ajar to change. His work is held by the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt and several private collectors.

Represented by Trish Clark Gallery trishclark.co.nz