Recent works from Maunga series.
Maungarei 2013 Installation at Te Tuhi gallery
Sacred maunga, rich resource & reservoir, tourist landmarks, public parks: the volcanic cones of Tamaki Makau Rau are embedded in our daily lives and simultaneously somehow invisible.
Websites maintained by Druids on the other side of the world pay homage to the ley lines of connectivity that string them together. Archeologists point to rich records of pre-contact Maori habitation. All are modified; some have been mined into extinction. With recent legislation restoring the role of local iwi as kaitiaki a new era for these maunga is beginning.
We are entering a phase of accelerated ecological crisis that is truly global. No aspect of the landscape remains unmodified or free from the traces of our shifting human values and appetites. I continue to be deeply engaged with the ways the land reflects and offers back these concerns.
I experience these places as rich sites of psycho-geography. Utilising aspects of the derive, and ritualizing my presence in these places, objects are offered up to be re-presented through the forensic medium of photography. My practice intersects with the post-documentary, relying as it does on a co-authoring with the anima mundi or world soul. This triptych strings together a set of sigils that acknowledge the uneasy co-existence of diverse cultural and consumer practices.