Charade is taking part in an exhibition curated by Bronwynne Cornish at The Vivian Gallery in Matakana, opening this coming Saturday 24th September.
My work for this show has evolved from a question of our relationship to place, whenua (land); how do we honour and protect where we live?
The second biggest gold mining company in the world is investigating the land surrounding the area where I live. The destructive gold mining industry is a threat that our community has to live with. In the past it devastated the land, polluted the waters, killed the birds. But it stopped for a while so the bush is regenerating, the birds are returning and the creeks have fish in them again.
I live in the southern Coromandel range, which now needs time to recover and heal.