Homesick/Sickhome features a series of new work constructed with fishing and tourism debris; cast out by others and then retrieved by Jade Townsend from beaches across Thailand and Spain. The artist transforms this discarded material into delicately woven and painted works. Some are almost jewel-like; others have the appearance of a mossy outcrop in the depths of the New Zealand bush; or a fragment of coral at the bottom of the ocean. It is as if through the process of making Townsend has somehow returned the inorganic to an organic state.
"[These works] express my relationship with navigation, the pull of the sea and the complex emotions of returning home. I look at this new series and realise I have made a collection of lures and beacons to signal a way back."
We will hold an extended opening 10am - 4pm on Saturday 30 May in order to stagger visitors and enable safe physical distancing. Jade Townsend will be in the gallery and will be happy to talk with visitors about her mahi.
Press release courtesy Page Galleries.