Octavia Cook at Anna Miles Gallery


Octavia Cook, 'Restored Madam Kokku Kaisha', 2009
Octavia Cook, 'Restored Madam Kokku Kaisha', 2009

Octavia Cook uses jewellery – particularly the cameo – as a means of exploring the possibilities associated with commemorative portraiture.  Full of autobiographical references and playfully rendered in acrylics, sentimental symbolism is eschewed by mixing benign subjects including herself (pictured below in the guise of a Japanese matron) and her cats with historical figures like James Cook.  Playing off the intimate with the official, her disingenuous pieces offer a contemporary, conceptualised take on the traditions of costume jewellery.

New to the gallery cabinet: Rare and Recent Cameos by Octavia Cook, Anna Miles Gallery, 47 High Street, Suite 4J, Auckland, until April 1.

Octavia Cook at Anna Miles Gallery

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