• Andrea du Chatenier

Andrea’s new exhibition is primarily a consideration of the vast possibilities of clay as a material. Her curiously abstracted forms and dripping structures are at once both archaic and futuristic playing between the organic and the artificial. There is an irresistible playfulness and tactility to Andrea’s forms and surfaces. Iridescent glazes dress these eccentric forms interplaying with the shifting light as well as the shifting position of the viewer.

To introduce this new body of work Andrea has chosen to use a recent poem titled I am a mermaid by Jackson Nieuwland, I am a mermaid.

Welcome to my humble home.
Let me give you the grand tour.
If you could please remove your shoes
before you enter.

As you can see, we’ve had the floor done
In premium high-grain sand.
It was imported from the Sahara Desert
And raked into that amaaazing spiral pattern
By a Buddhist monk.

We get beeeautiful light down here.
In case you didn’t notice
the entire ceiling is stained glass skylight.
It really is a fantastic location.
There are so many good schools in the area
and Atlantis is just a fifteen minute swim away.

I know you might be worried about the damp
but it’s nothing that a good quality dehumidifier can’t take care of.
We have three bedrooms,
a walk-in wardrobe,
restaurant quality kitchen,
home office,
and the bathroom is wherever
you are when you need to go.
Matter of fact
I’m peeing right now.
But enough about the property.
I’m sure you want to know a bit about
the person you’re buying it from.
You might be surprised to learn
that unlike most mermaids
I’m not half human half fish.
My mother was a dolphin
and my father was a centaur
and my father’s mother an angel
and my father’s father was a unicorn
I’ve been doing my family history recently.
I just find it sooo fascinating.
I don’t have a drop of human blood in my veins!
What a relief!
People don’t take too kindly to humans down here.
Now, what did you say your background was again?

Opening Hours

  • Tues - Fri, 10am-6pm
  • Sat, 10am-4pm


  • 455 Mount Eden Road
  • Mount Eden
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland