Drawing Down Don

Josephine Cachemaille (New Zealander, b.1971)
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Drawing Down Don was made sporadically over a period of four years, beginning 2013, and completed during the artist’s research project with The Suter Gallery’s permanent collection for the solo exhibition Us, Us, Us (2017). The work engages directly with New Zealand artist Don Driver’s practice, and is based on his sculpture assemblage Screen (1985, Chartwell Trust Collection, on long term display at The Auckland Art Gallery).

In the gallery installation configuration of Us, Us, Us, Josephine hung Drawing Down Down in the southern corner of the Potton Family Gallery, and positioned a collection work, Don Driver’s painting assemblage, Reactive Planes (1995), high on the wall above. The colours and forms in this piece were key elements repeated through-out the installation, and informed the title “Drawing Down Don”, a reference to Cachemaille’s quasi-magical efforts to “draw down” his essences and qualities.
The title also references Australian artist Mikala’s Dwyer’s 2012 exhibition “Drawing Down the Moon”, and is a homage to both artists’ practices and preoccupations with transforming the mundane into the magical and ritualistic.
Acrylic on canvas, aluminium, brooms (from artist’s studio), bucket, bullclip, carpet (from main gallery spaces at The Suter Gallery), cloth, coasthangers, cord, driftwood, fringing, extension cord, keyring, lamp, morph suit, paint roller extension pole, plastic gems, polyfill, rope, thread.
Dimensions: 0 - Whole: 2400 x 2100 x 500mm
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Collection of The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gift of the artist in 2021
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