Common Era

Vanessa Arthur

11 Aug 2017 — 9 Sep 2017

SPA_CE is excited to present new work from Vanessa Arthur.

A selection of jewellery, vessels and objects; work explores and excavates unnamed spaces within the built urban environment, the spaces between “planning.”

‘I excavate small moments in time, capturing these through the jewellery and objects I make. The often overlooked elements within the streetscape are my muse: buffed walls, wet cement scrawling, fragments and objects left behind in the rush. An exploration of the marks we make. And the mark we make. The biography of these objects, materials and spaces are what interests me. Uncovering and adding to the mostly anonymous and constantly evolving stories they collect.’
Vanessa Arthur, 2017.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, 1982. Vanessa completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts at Whitireia NZ in 2011. On graduating she was selected as artist in residence at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Wellington, and awarded the 2011 Fingers Graduate Award.

Vanessa has exhibited both throughout New Zealand and internationally. In 2016 she travelled to Germany, to exhibit with Handshake Alumni at the Einsäulensaal, Munich Residenz Palace, as part of Munich Jewellery week and the annual Handwerk & Design expo. Most recently she was selected to participate in EXPOSÉ, Cagnes-ser-Mer, France. A group exhibition curated by eight contemporary jewellers, selected from around the world to present their vision of tomorrow’s practices.

Dent Collector I

Dent Collector II

Signet I.

Signet II.

One way ring in small found box with ill fitting lid.

One way ring II.

Street shifts.

Street shifts II.

Street shifts III

Dent collector, Bracelet.

Lost ear stud collection.

Things people write on walls.

The golden snake & nail.

Pompeii to Parkvale.

Memory of progress.

Memory of progress II.


Close enough.

Paint, Erase, Repeat II.

Sale hues.

To be everywhere at once, yet nowhere at all

Waiting space.

Paint erase, repeat.

Half a kg capacity.


Surface survey.

Off centred.


Was here.

Wet cement.