• Sofia Tekela-Smith

Riffing off Brown Eyes Blue is the first in a series of three short-run exhibitions in our Cemac Foyer. Three practitioners were invited to exhibit an existing body of work or work-in-progress, offering a glimpse into diverse jewellery practices in Aotearoa.

Sofia Tekela-Smith first exhibited Brown Eyes Blue in 2004. Featuring large-scale photographs alongside a series of pearl shell neckpieces, this series used photography as a means to contextualise and display jewellery.

For Objectspace, Tekela-Smith revisits one of the photographs that featured in Brown Eyes Blue, creating a new work that merges image and object. The original photographic print is embellished with pearl, fabric and thread.

This development offers new interpretations of this now iconic image, as Tekela-Smith continues her deft testing of the ways adornment can be exhibited and experienced.

Sofia Tekela-Smith is a maker of jewellery and objects of body adornment. Using materials that reclaim and strengthen cultural ties to her Rotuman heritage, she creates work that reflects and communicates a visual language of harmony, beauty, strength and spirit.

Her work is held in the permanent collections of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

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