We’re pleased to share that Ruby Chang-Jet White is our 2021 Summer Resident. Currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Ruby will join us in Pōneke from 1 February–14 March 2021, staying at the Rita Angus Cottage in Thorndon.
Ruby uses home-cooked and handmade modes of production to explore culture, labour and human evolution under late capitalism.
While in Pōneke, Ruby will build upon her ongoing research into ceramics and food, thinking of the two as overlapping touchstones of human history, connection and alternative living. In her recent practice, Ruby has been producing ceramic cookers and barbecues, improvising with form and navigating gaps in available knowledge. She will build on material research into modified clay bodies and experimental designs, and form relationships with Pōneke-based chefs, food producers and artists, developing functional objects that may be brought to life through fire, food and people.
Recent projects include Nectar (group), Ngā Tohu o Uenuku Māngere Arts Centre, 2019; Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility (group), Silo Park, Tāmaki Makaurau. 2019; Mecury Plaza: Origins and New Beginnings, Mercury Plaza, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2019. Between 2014 and 2018, White presented a series of food pop-ups around Tāmaki Makaurau and from 2017–2018 ran Small Fry at Te Tuhi, Pakuranga. In 2014, she completed a BFA (Hons) at Elam School of Fine Arts, Tāmaki Makaurau and in 2020 completed a Diploma of Ceramic Arts at Otago Polytechnic.
Following her residency, Ruby will present an exhibition project at Enjoy in mid-2021.
We’re delighted to be partnering with the Thorndon Trust, caretakers of the Rita Angus Cottage, on the delivery of our residency programme. This is the third year of Enjoy’s partnership with Thorndon Trust, following Daegan Wells’ residency in 2020 and Sorawit Songsataya’s residency in 2019.
Image courtesy of Bob Dougan.
About the Enjoy Summer Residency programme
Enjoy’s Summer Residency Programme has been running since 2000 when the gallery was first established and has featured artists, curators and writers. Recent summer residents have included: Daegan Wells (2020), Sorawit Songsataya (2019), Ella Sutherland (2018), Riff Raff (Daphne Simons and Li-Ming Hu) (2017), Johanna Mechen (2016), Ema Tavola (2015), Kirsten Dryburgh and Xin Cheng (2014) and Mata Aho Collective (2013).
About the Rita Angus Cottage and Thorndon Trust
Located in Thorndon, the Rita Angus Cottage (owned by the Thorndon Trust) has considerable historical significance and was home to Angus from 1955–1970. The house and its garden feature in her work from this period, a physical reminder of the influence that these things had upon her.
The Thorndon Trust, registered under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, exists to protect and promote Thorndon’s history, primarily through ownership of the Rita Angus Cottage and associated sponsorship of an artist in residence; through ownership of Cooper’s Cottage and through related activities.