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"Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook

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  • Catalogue title
    • "Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook / Jane Groufsky
  • Type
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  • Abstract
    • "Who owns an idea? When does a conventional form become a unique and distinctive design? Auckland Museum recently acquired a brooch by contemporary jeweller Octavia Cook which explores these concepts, and responds to a particular situation in which she found herself in last year.
    • Since 2001, a recurring motif of Cook's work has been her youthful self-portrait in cameo form. Her two brooches "O. Cook and J. Cook", on display in our "Encounters" gallery, pair her own image with the silhouette of James Cook, playing with ideas of significance and sentimentality. "O. Cook and J. Cook" were produced under her invented "Cook & Co." brand identity, created as a nod to high-end jewellery companies like Tiffany & Co."--At head of topic page.
  • Physical description
    1 online resource : colour illustrations
  • Production
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, issuing body (Corporate Entity)
    Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira (Publisher)
    Groufsky, Jane, author (Creator)
    Auckland  (Place of occurrence)
  • Subject
    • Brooches  (General Subject)
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum--Collections  (General Subject)
    • Jewellers--New Zealand--21st century  (General Subject)
    • Jewellery--New Zealand--21st century  (General Subject)
    • Cook, Octavia  (General Subject)
  • Citation
    "Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook
  • Notes
    • A topic page by Collection Manager, Human History Jane Groufsky, published on the Auckland War Memorial Museum website.
    • First published 13 July 2017.
    • Webpage available to view on Auckland War Memorial Museum website (accessed 19/1/2018)
    • Cover image: "Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook, 2017. Acrylic, silver, found object. Auckland War Memorial Museum 2017.5.1.

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