Art by Claire Jensen - Pohutakawa Totem
The pohutukawa is New Zealand’s most loved tree species famous for its large crimson blossoms. To Maori the pohutukawa tree is culturally significant and is considered to be taonga species. ‘Taonga’ may be translated as ‘treasure’.
This leaf has been crafted from salvaged rimu gilded with copper, the metal leaf surface adds quality and value to the piece. This totem represents an amalgamation of what Maori and European cultures esteem.
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Claire Jensen is based in the small, coastal town of Opunake. She works from her home studio, The Brown Bach Studio, where she creates art from salvaged materials. Claire’s themes often relate to New Zealand, the environment and nature. Her most recent work represents the flora and fauna of New Zealand as objects of devotion.
Originally from the South Island, Claire spent her childhood and early adulthood in Australia, primarily in tropical North Queensland. There she studied Visual Arts majoring in sculpture and printmaking, later she went on to study education and has worked in Australia, the UK and New Zealand as an art teacher.
She enjoys working with found objects and collected materials such as wood, metal and plastic as she is passionate about reusing resources and creating art with a sustainable ethos.
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