Mandy Cherry Joass now at The Ivy Box 

Mandy Cherry Joass’ artwork is now available to view and buy at The Ivy Box art gallery in Queenstown. 

The Christchurch-based sculptor is known for her bright and bold artworks which draw on traditional techniques and ancestral knowledge to create contemporary art. Mandy is of Ngapuhi, Ngai Takoto and Te Pātū whakapapa. 

She graduated from Ilam in 2015 with a BFA in sculpture and her work has been exhibited across the country. Mandy’s colourful artworks celebrate the survival and the growth of mātauranga Māori. She employs traditional techniques in raranga (weaving) and kowhaiwhai (painting) to create fresh, fun and contemporary artwork. 

The sculptures currently in the gallery are woven from recycled Venetian blinds, instead of the traditional harakeke (flax). The weave reflects the nature of Whakapapa, the integration of people, a coming together of many individuals to create a stronger, richer whole.