Twisted take on femininity

Detail from Loves me loves me knot, by Jan Kerr.
Detail from Loves me loves me knot, by Jan Kerr.
Wellington sculptor Jan Kerr is known for her award-winning work in the World of Wearable Arts Awards.

Her latest exhibition with Wellington artist and friend Crispin Korschen, "Looking Skywards", features six of her twisted works.

"It explores femininity in an allegorical setting; from the passage of family to isolation, loneliness and/or quiet contemplation, with tenderness and a little risque humour," Kerr says.

Kerr developed her "fibre and paper sculptures of whimsy and beauty" after attending an art, fibre and fashion course in Wairarapa in 1988.

She first entered the World of Wearable Arts Awards in 1998 and has since appeared nine times, winning two awards for creative excellence and runner-up to the supreme award.

In 2004, her highly commended 2001 WOW entry, Cailleach Na Mara (Sea Witch), was released by New Zealand Post as a $2 stamp.

She works on commissions in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain and has exhibited internationally.

Kerr works from her Waikanae home, which she shares with her partner, sculptor Bill Davies.

"Looking Skywards" opens at The Artist's Room, Dunedin, on Saturday and runs till February 14.


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