Exhibition inspired by remote visit
Avisit to the Kermadecs has inspired a series of sculptures at Pataka Museum. The Kermadec Islands, about 1000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand, is one of the world’s last pristine marine environments.
Wellington artist Elizabeth Thomson visited the remote location in 2011 with other New Zealand artists.
They spent two days at sea travelling to the islands, an adventure in itself, Thomson said.
‘‘It was a fantastic experience on the ship,’’ she said.
‘‘We were at sea with no land in sight. People were filming and photographing, sitting and drawing, looking at the horizon and thinking about where we were going.’’
Environmental organisations were trying to create a no fishing-no mining zone to protect the islands, but it was not an easy task, Thomson said.
‘‘There’s such a wealth of knowledge down there and to destroy it before we know about it could be devastating for the future.’’
Her exhibition, Transitive States, includes three-dimensional works with images printed on to vinyl.
Transitive States is open until February 9 at Pataka Museum.
Artist’s journey: Wellington artist Elizabeth Thomson with her three-dimensional works.