A large ceramic installation created by sculptor Helen Pollock goes on display at the Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga, from 26 February.
Storehouse consists of seven massive ceramic grinding stones placed in a line on the ground before a terracotta altar and seven large vessel receptacles to one side.
In her installation Pollock explores the analogy between the grinding stone as a tool of transformation and the concept of the human form as a receptacle for the soul. She says ‘Most societies have some kind of storehouse, for the tribes sustenance, wealth, mana, sacred objects and mysteries. Our body is our personal storehouse. To enter the Storehouse is to enter your body, your temple. All comes through here to be gathered together, sorted and given out. The finest offered in gratitude; to ensure continuity.’
She brings together in the exhibition mixed media installation, craft, ritual, documentary and educative elements.
Pollock received a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Study Grant to assist in mounting Storehouse. She began working full-time as a sculptor in 1985 and won a national craft competition later that year. Since then she has exhibited in numerous group shows in New Zealand and overseas. This will be her fifth solo exhibition.
→ Potent force of women captured in sculpture, Howick & Pakuranga Times, 04-03-1993
→ Exploring paths of sculpture, New Zealand Herald, 11-03-1993