New Zealand wood design exhibitions: work by Josephine Jelicich and others

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Water Lilies tufted wool art by Claudia Kogachi framed in wall cabinet by Josephine Jelicich. Image courtesy Laree Payne gallery, photo by Mark Hamilton

Nina for flowers is an exhibition of new works by New Zealand artists Claudia Kogachi and Josephine Jelicich currently on show at Laree Payne Gallery, Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa.

Artists, collaborators and lovers, sees Kogachi and Jelicich exhibit together for the first time with works made both collaboratively and individually. An exhibition of wall based, tufted paintings alongside finely crafted frames and furniture, Nina for flowers presents a romanticised living room scenario.

The exhibition title takes reference from Jelicich’s mother, Nina, a florist who works from her farm in Warkworth alongside her horses, Olympia and Duchess. Referencing images of Nina’s floral arrangements old and new, Kogachi and Jelicich pay homage to Nina and the many other mothers who love horses, flowers and furniture.

Similarly to previous bodies of work by Kogachi, the imagery doesn't stray far from her reality, albeit slightly more idyllic or paradisal. In keeping with this rose-tinted view, Jelicich inserts coloured panes of glass within her highly crafted picture frames, alongside panels of intricate latticework and keepsake drawers.


Writing desk, stool and accessories by Josephine Jelicich. Image courtesy the Depot Shop

Josephine Jelicich is currently also showing work at The Depot Shop in an exhibition titled New Principles. Shown above is her writing desk in swamp kauri, olive ash and cedar of Lebanon with paper tray, made while studying at The Centre For Fine Woodworking in Nelson. The is stool (2018) is made from cherry while the paper bin was made this year from walnut. New Principles also features the work of Alex Guthrie, Emile Drescher, Jeremy Evison, Raimana Jones and Ted Synnott.

Nina for flowers is on show at Laree Payne Gallery located at 286 Victoria Street, Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) 3204, Aotearoa.
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Information regarding the New Principles exhibition is at this link

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