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Sugar and Spice

ArtistDon Driver
Production Date1980
Mediumfound objects, plastic, steel, hemp, nylon and wood
Size1430 x 720 x 590 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsfound objects, dolls, popular culture, ice skates
Accession Date27 Feb 2001
Accession NoC2001/1/8
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001


This sculpture’s title, Sugar and spice, hints at tasting pleasure yet, here, the phrase signifies the conflict between social and moral values. Don Driver’s assemblages systematically address issues of the depiction of women, girls and dolls. This is a confrontation with a subject matter that few other New Zealand visual artists have attempted to represent with such a devastating concentration. The gut-wrenching effect of Driver’s associations results from his use of everyday objects placed in difficult oppositions. (Self and Other, 2003)

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Self and Other
19 December 2003 - 17 October 2004
Curated by Ron Brownson

Don Driver With Spirit exhibition tour (2000 - 2001)


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