Agent; du Chatenier, Andrea; 2005; 2005/11/1



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Agent, from the series Homely Bones, is a work inspired by Andrea du Chatenier's move from Auckland to Whanganui - a city in which she discovered a "homely" sense of gothic. In Homely Bones Andrea du Chatenier reworked the gothic aesthetic in red and white felt. Her colour choice has been influenced by youth living in her Whanganui suburb of Aramoho, where a wannabe gang of youth wear a uniform of red and white. “The colours are homely and kind of homie. Just like felt, the gang colours are like some protective layer or insulation”. - Andrea du Chatenier Du Chantenier’s use of craft techniques, materials and ready-mades has also been influenced by Whanganui and the feelings of homeliness it generates. “The opportunity shops are full of home knits and turned wooden bowls which have a real sense of homeliness about them. We tend to associate the quality of these materials and skills with another era but they are common place here". - Andrea du Chatenier The result is a homely agent of death. The skeleton, most familiar from medieval renderings of Death, has been indigenised by the addition of the red fantail on his shoulder. At its feet sits a red dog, fabricated from recycled knits. In Medieval art, the dog was often featured curled up at the foot of tombs.


du Chatenier, Andrea

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Merino wool, recycled woollens, dyes, polystyrene, steel and wire

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New Zealand

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TheNewDowse Permanent Collection

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Collection of TheNewDowse

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