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.

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