Claudia started The Mandarin Tree in 2014 to establish a creative platform for New Zealand artists including her own Beehive artwork. Claudia has always had an interest in re-using and recycling material for artworks and in 2012 she came in contact with a large number of discarded beehives meant for firewood. Without hesitation she started exploring this new medium by disassembling them and revealing the beautiful character of the boxes in a new lease of life. “Each piece has their own story and I love the honesty of the material. I don’t hide any of the ‘scars’ created over time. They merely add to the final outcome of a piece”.
Within a reduced visual vocabulary of circles, squares, rectangles, and lines, Claudia explores the subtlety of colour, scale, and composition creating original pieces of art.
Working from her Kihikihi workshop Claudia is constantly creating new work for upcoming exhibitions, supplying her own gallery or working on commissioned pieces.
Claudia is a forerunner in her design and constantly reinventing the possibilities of her medium. Balancing the tricky combination of running a gallery and creating her own works. Predominately using recycled beehives, Claudia's work is a cohesive blend of texture and colour.
Browse Claudia's collection online or come in for a closer look.