Kāpiti Arts Guide Listing no. 64
Environmental jeweller JoAnna Mere (Ngāti Porou) uses found metal from the marine and nature reserves of Kāpiti to create land and body jewellery about the role of humanity as kaitiaki/custodians of te Āo/our world. Her sculptural artworks explore the concept of shared guardianship within the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – protection, partnership and participation.
Through her social arts practice JoAnna Mere aims to provide a metaphorical marae; a conceptual and physical meeting place for people to hui/gather, korero/discuss and create environmental solutions together. Her workshops engage viewers to become kaitiaki/active guardians as they upcycle waste materials into beautiful community taonga/treasure.
JoAnna Mere is currently Artist in Residence at Paraparaumu College. Her work is exhibited all year at: Mahara Gallery, Mahara Place, Waikanae; Tutere Gallery, 48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach; and Creative Centre, Big Mac Slabs Furniture, 289 Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu.
Artistic medium: Jewellery and Sculpture
Kāpiti Arts Trail
Big Mac Slabs Creative Centre, 289 Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu
Open during the year daily 10am-4pm and by appointment.
Mobile: 027 328 5904
Facebook: joanna mere artist
Payment options available: Eftpos, Visa
Accessibility: Suitable for all.