Waka iti, by Graeme Priddle

Currency:USD Category:Art / Medium - Sculptures Start Price:100.00 USD
Waka iti, by Graeme Priddle
800.00USD+ applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2015 Jun 26 @ 20:45UTC-4 : AST/EDT
All items in this auction were created, at least in part, on the wood lathe, with wood as the primary material. All are one-of-a-kind signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Lot #: 310
Waka iti
Monterey cypress, acrylic paint
5.7" x 3.2" x 2.4"

Graeme Priddle
Northland, New Zealand
‘Waka Iti’(Small Canoe) The design for these pieces came to me in a dream in 2000, while I was on the International Turning Exchange Residency at The Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. It was the first time I had been separated from my family for any length of time so I was experiencing extreme homesickness and the difficulties of working in a different country and culture whilst dealing with the ups and downs of sharing work and living space with a bunch of other people. Two weeks into the residency I was so homesick I just wanted to get on a plane and go home, but I had a very bad flying experience coming from France to Philadelphia and couldn’t face flying again. That day we visited Nakashima Studios. Wandering around the property and reading George’s philosophies gave me a more grounded feeling and the realization that my problems were really insignificant in the grand scheme of things. That night this simple boat form came in a dream. I grew up sailing and racing centerboard yachts and in my dream I built a little yacht with a cavity I could curl up inside and sail back to my family in NZ. I like the easy to hold in the hand size of these pieces and the opportunity to explore various surface embellishments inspired by the textures, patterns and colours I see in the world around me that I can apply later to larger pieces. They also represent the travels and friendships that taking part in The ITE Residency has led to.
Estimated retail: $1200