The Fisher Gallery is pleased to present New World Old Story, an installation by Helen Schamroth. It is a timely exhibition that extends the discussion about craft practices in New Zealand while demonstrating the skill of this artist of successfully balancing concept and technique.
Schamroth’s work has developed from craft skills she learnt as a child, through personal, professional and artistic experiences gained in a world seemingly changing and expanding at an explosive rate. This work weaves the experiences of the artist as a person seeking a place, into a new art form, a shimmering steel fibre art sculpture, a fusion of traditional craft practices and new technology, a development of the childhood exercises in applied arts into a strong artistic statement.
The growth of her work and the developing wealth of experience are intertwined in New World Old Story - a work as much about the changing nature of craft as a personal and social commentary on cultural issues.
→ Helen Schamroth: New World Old Story, 1997, exhibition card
→ Helen Schamroth: New World Old Story, 1997, publication