In addition to the oil paintings, Jamieson’s exhibition includes a series of risograph prints of her own poetry. Her writing style focuses on describing specific moments in detail. A standout piece tells of a group of friends sitting on a lounge floor, eating biscuits and placing petals on a sleeping cat. This medium adds texture to the experience, giving viewers the opportunity to paint their own images (metaphorically speaking) and fill in the white space with the experiences they bring along with them. The exhibition also features some polymer clay sculptures which give the collection a sense of visual tactility and groundedness.
The thing that strikes me about this exhibition is how masterfully the pieces are threaded together by their common themes. One particular line in Jamieson’s poetry refers to trinkets left on window sills, while only a few metres away Jamieson’s sculpture series is set up across Toi Pōneke’s very own window sills. This includes beachy treasures like pebbles and potato chips, and taking her parallels a step further, the opening night snacks included the same style of crinkle cut chips—in case the sculpture made you hungry! This symmetry between her poetry and art appears again in the way that her paintings seem to be named for lines from her poems. The amount of thought put into this collection is impressive, and it adds some beautiful layers to the experience. This exhibition is not to be missed.
Ghosts, floating is on at Toi Pōneke Gallery until Saturday 27th April at 5:30pm. This coming Tuesday 9th April (also at 5:30pm) there will be a poetry reading featuring George Banach Salas, Maisie Chilton Tressler, Alice Fennessy, Joy Holley, Lizzie Murray, Jane Paul, and Briana Jamieson herself. If you are interested in purchasing one of the artworks or would like to enquire, either visit reception or email this address.