Jhana Millers Gallery

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Erica van Zon

Deep Deep Icy Blue

Artist Talk: 1.00pm, Saturday 19 March


View the Exhibition Video Here

"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 presented in conjunction with Threads: Textiles Festival. 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, Threads sheds new night on contemporary textile practices in Aotearoa and beyond. The festival will take place across Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington from 16-20 March 2022, read more here.


  • Sat 19 Mar


  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


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