SIMON SWALE (MFA)
NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN
DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART (OTAGO POLYTECHNIC)
My work is increasingly concerned with how we communicate across distance – across geographical borders and time zones, as well as language barriers – to engage and write spatial narratives in an embodied manner. I am interested in the agentive potential of objects to mediate the spatial relationship and experiences of everyday life, especially from a phenomenological perspective. I work in the traditions of wearable jewellery and seek to push the boundaries and practices of the field through public interventions and engaging exhibition design. I researched patterns of trade and the flow of commodities around the world and was particularly interested in both the delocalised systems of production of internationally traded commodities, and the flow of these commodities as they arrive into the nation-state.