Niki White is Taranaki born artist, based in the mountains of Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. Her whakapapa connects to Ngati Tama, Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Toa, Ngai Tahu, Scotland and England. Nikis work explores processes common to sculpture and installation, moving image and experimental jewellery. She has a double degree in Science & Visual Art. Majoring in Contemporary Jewellery with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts. She plans to continue studies with a Postgraduate in Maori Visual Arts.
Working in the field of contemporary jewellery and sculpture. Nikis work explores site specific materials, experimental jewellery processes, blacksmithing techniques and traditional Japanese metal practises. Her work explores the concepts of chance and wabi sabi, while playing with scale and the uncontrollable. Often working with processes more commonly found in a blacksmiths studio . The results are explorative pieces that look volcanic, as if they’ve been unearthed. This reflects an interest in site specific work and the concept of materials possessing Mauri (unique energy).
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