Born in Christchurch, Amelia Pascoe studied at Canterbury, then Otago Universities, graduating in 1995 with a Master of Science (Zoology). In 2000, Amelia moved to Wellington for work, formalising her developing arts practice through study and exhibition. Amelia graduated from Whitireia New Zealand with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design (majoring in contemporary jewellery) in 2012, receiving the inaugural Masterworks Gallery Supreme Graduate Award. In 2013, Amelia (with support from Creative New Zealand) completed a six-week residency in Italy, with internationally renowned jeweller, Fabrizio Tridenti. Between 2014 – 2017 Amelia participated in Handshake – a professional development and exhibition programme for contemporary jewellers in New Zealand. Through Handshake, participants were matched with their chosen mentor, while developing work for national and international exhibitions. Amelia worked with Ruudt Peters a pioneering Dutch jeweller. Amelia is now based back in Christchurch completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in sculpture at Canterbury University. Amelia has exhibited in numerous shows in New Zealand and overseas, and her work is held in public (Te Papa, The Dowse Art Museum) and private collections.
“The inter-relationships – connections and tensions – between science and art have been an ongoing source of inspiration. Not just the disciplines, their immediate concerns and broader contexts, but also how together they affect the way I think about and operate in the world. My studies in contemporary jewellery created a new lens through which to explore and frame these interests. A lens which promotes reflection, refraction, inflection and results in outputs that stray towards the edges”.