Object Name: Caryatid
Description: Caryatid reconfigures a type of column which supported classical architecture. However unlike the classical column, Caryatid stands free, a metaphor for changing traditional culture and alludes to feminine attributes through the use of braided hair to create eyes and curled hair wrapped in layers around a cylindrical form. The freestanding column or tree in matrilineal cultures marked the Asherim the place where the Goddess was worshiped, simultaneously referencing the healing powers of Artemis Caryatis.The work is in the centre of the gallery space, in relation to and adjacent to a square concrete column, which is a compression member supporting the gallery's architecture. On the four surfaces of this column is drawn a pattern of black rectilinear lines.
Size: 3300 x 410 mm
Where Made: New Zealand
Where Used: Wellington City Gallery