Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.
Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.
Preston is Tlingit, with cultural roots in Alaska in the far northwest of North America, whereas Lewis is Māori, with his roots in the far south in North Island of Aotearoa — New Zealand. Both artists are linked by the Pacific Ring of Fire, a vast area of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that encircle the basin of the Pacific Ocean, with powerful ocean currents that join north and south, connecting New Zealand to North America. The title of Fire & Water captures the essence of this region — and reflects the forging of glass with fire and the carving of jade with water.
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