Brendon Monson has been engaged in jewellery making for the past two decades. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand and currently lives and studies in Dunedin.
‘New Zealand has a long history of stone carving of which Pakeha are relative new comers. As a contemporary Pakeha jeweller working with stone I am interested in the politics surrounding its use today in Aotearoa/NZ. My work unpacks and critics the concepts and misgivings encompassing the pivotal Bone, Stone, Shell Movement from the mid 1980's. In particular the illusion of ‘natural occupancy' that this movement sort to create.
I have researched my own family's colonial heritage as a way of confronting the dilemma of how to express Pakeha identity in a post-colonial era. Their migration and settlement to Otago in 1848 inspired the development of my own visual language of form, metaphor and materiality.’