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CHERISE tHOMSON 

Cherise Thomson is an award winning New Zealand sculptor and jewellery designer. Her sculptures are strong, unique, organic forms intricately woven with galvanised wire, No. 8 fencing wire and copper. Months of work and many kilometres of wire go into each piece, which are lit up by James Russ in his Auckland studio.

"I've spent my lifetime in love with the wild natural beauty of the Pacific and, like the Hawaiian and Maori cultures, I believe that spirituality comes from a connection with the land”

Cherise’s lighting sculptures Pua Laha Ole’, Kai Nui, Hīnaki Aroha and Belladonna currently hang in James Russ' gallery.

www.cherisethomson.com


Belladonna

Inspired by the beauty of the Amaryillis Belladonna flower, this a one-of-a-kind, handwoven, sculpted light contains 560 metres / 1832 feet of galvanized wire and is completed with custom lighting and steel fixtures by renowned New Zealand lighting engineer James Russ.

Measuring 180 cm / 70 inch tall and 62 cm / 24 inch at the widest point. 


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Hīnaki Aroha

One-of-a-kind, handwoven sculpture containing 1700 metres / 5577 feet of galvanized wire.

Influenced by the beauty and elegance of traditional Māori eel traps (hīnaki) this sculpture aspires to be a modern object reflecting the creative forces behind the unison of nature and people.

Hīnaki Aroha is 1.68 metres / 5.5 feet high and has been lit with custom lighting and steel fixtures by renowned New Zealand lighting engineer James Russ.


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Pua Laha Ole'

One-of-a-kind, handwoven sculpture containing 1023 metres / 3356 feet of galvanized wire.

'Pua Laha Ole' translates from Hawaiian to mean 'highly-prized rare blossom'.

73 cm / 29 inch high and 75 cm / 30 inch at the widest point.

Completed with custom lighting and steel fixtures by renowned New Zealand lighting engineer James Russ.


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Kai Nui

One-of-a-kind, handwoven sculpture containing 1,177 metres / 3862 feet of galvanized wire.

'Kai Nui', High Tide or Big Sea in Hawaiian, is a response to the artist's daily observations from her window watching ocean tides under the gravitational influence of the moon'.

43 cm / 17 inch high and 102 cm / 44 inch at the widest point.

Completed with custom lighting and steel fixtures by renowned New Zealand lighting engineer James Russ.