Opening event, 5.30pm, Thursday 17 February – RSVP and vaccine pass are required.

"That time at Hanmer Springs, Erica van Zon was wearing a second-hand swimsuit and her boob slipped out. Now she’s made an embroidery about it. "Everyone has a pool story," Erica said and I paused. Does everyone have a pool story? Hold that thought. Don’t let it slip out.

Deep Deep Icy Blue is an exhibition by Erica van Zon. Contents: twenty-one artworks that depict swimming pools, their décor and discontents. E.g. A picnic sampler of pool floats including a pizza slice, hot lips and a pink iced donut. My hand in front of my face at the Szechenyi Baths Sauna, Budapest 2003 is about that time Erica walked into a steam room, held her hand in front of her face and watched it disappear. When the steam parted the spa was full of naked bodies.

Erica is a mixed-media artist and self-taught crafter. Her shows combine charming intersections of modernist design and domestic tableau. She grew up with a season pass to Waiwera Hot Pools and it’s the romance of the swimming pool that appeals to her. Deep Deep Icy Blue revels in modish lines and waves of refracted light. Close-up photographs of public pools, in brightly coloured frames, sidle up next to examples of her embroidery and beadwork."

Extract from the essay Ahoy! by Megan Dunn. The full text will accompany the exhibition.

This exhibition is running in conjunction with Threads Textiles Festival - Wellington’s dedicated visual arts festival, supported by WCC and the Blumhardt Foundation, returns for a third time in mid-March – this time exploring the historically undervalued tradition of textile art. Following the success of Fired Up Festival of Ceramics in 2020 and Face to Face Portrait Festival in 2021, a cohort of the city’s leading dealer and public galleries are collaborating once again to stage Threads Textiles Festival from 16–20 March.

For five days the capital will be flush with art events, with more than 15 free exhibitions and a roster of workshops, talks and tours at venues spanning Lower Hutt, Petone, Thorndon and the central city.


  • Erica van Zon


  • Thu 17 Feb


  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm


  • Level 1 Mibar Building
  • 85 Victoria Street
  • Te Aro, Wellington 6011