SATURDAY 15 APRIL - SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017
Carbon Imprints 2017
In 2014 I started work on Intertidal, an exploration of environmental changes over the last 800 years on the Mangawhai Spit. This new work, CARBON IMPRINTS, is an attempt to deepen my understanding of the mysterious imprints of carbon and silica sometimes glimpsed on the ever-shifting sands of the spit.
My work is concerned with notions of identity, place and vulnerability. I often include animal-human hybridity in my images. The figures often look friendly and approachable at first but the paintings are unsettling, ambiguous and shot through with darker possibilities. The safe figures aren’t as safe as they seem. What they embody is enigmatic. What you see may be at odds with what you think you have seen.
Although no longer a resident of the North, recollections of the place and time lived there continue to resound within my life and work. These landscapes are views altered through numerous lenses – memory, chance and history among them. The images are shaky documents of nostalgia. A shuffle of scenes from the journey, and inevitably, a destination awaiting the return of a Northerner, or three.
MIRIAM VAN WEZEL
‘The Northener’ exhibition has been an invitation to explore an as yet unfamiliar area. Coming upon the Matakana Quarry offered a palette of new materials and colours, which continues my ongoing fascination with site-specific pigments, clays and sands.