Whitecliffe alumna Akiko Diegel’s installation 7 x 10, at the Papakura Art Gallery Exhibition in November consisted of a grid of stacked up blankets that have been reconfigured into what appears to be shopping bags, illuminates aspects of New Zealand’s history; and contemporary ideas about recycling and consumerism. The exhibition title, 7 x 10, makes reference not only to the floor arrangement, but also to the mathematical precision of weaving. The labels on the blankets, from well-known woollen mills, are a reminder of New Zealand’s golden days of wool manufacturing.
Japanese-born Diegel won the Paramount Award at the 20th Wallace Art Awards 2011 with her work Cure, made of 2634 bulldog and alligator clips crafted from discipline packets, encased in a Perspex box. Part of her prize for the award was a 6 month-residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, USA.
Photo: Akiko Diegal, 7 x 10 (detail), 2008