Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice

  • Artist

    Don Driver

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    found objects, plastic, steel, hemp, nylon and wood

  • Size

    1430 x 720 x 590 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    27 Feb 2001

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    found objects, dolls, popular culture, ice skates

  • Description

    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)

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