Still life | Wild Places
A new generation of women artists, including taxidermists, jewellers, painters, photographers, textileand installation artists, will be taking over the rooms of Katherine Mansfield’s childhood home in Pōneke Wellington from the 7th August 2021.
The Still Life | Wild Places exhibition and event series hosted by The Metropolitan Club, in association with Katherine Mansfield House & Garden and Hendrick’s Gin, is inspired by Mansfield’s life, writing and beliefs – in particular that humans were intrinsically linked to, and part of, the natural world.
Artists Antoinette Ratcliffe, Karley Feaver, Hayley Theyers, Jane Thorne, Paola King-Borrero, Lauren Drescher and Steph Lusted will explore these concepts, and transform the domestic spaces of the 1888 home into a series of curious new settings that are informed by Mansfield’s life and works. They will incorporate ethical taxidermy installations, refurbished dolls’ houses and vintage girls’ annuals, photographic prints, large scale mobiles and ethereal projections, offering visitors an opportunity to pause and reflect on our relationship to each other, to the natural world and to the animals that we live alongside.
As well as enjoying these artworks and installations, visitors can take part in a programme of experiential activations which will explore the themes of the exhibition. They will be hosted within the house and beyond, extending out into bars, gardens and venues around Wellington. These include Bliss: A Taste of Mansfield during Visa Wellington on a Plate which pairs Hendrick’s Gin cocktails with food from the Canapé Company inspired by the exhibition, a Literary Taxidermy short story competition, Life and Death Drawing sessions, Miss Brill’s Day Out in the Botanic Gardens, ethical taxidermy classes and more.