Kate van der Drift — Water Slows as It Rounds the Bend
Sanderson Contemporary Art Gallery
Water Slows as It Rounds the Bend is part of Kate van der Drift’s ongoing project investigating the fragile ecology and layered past of the Hauraki Plains. The floodwater of the present day plains is tightly controlled by drains, canals, pump houses, and stopbanks, ensuring that what was once water remains solid ground today. Few clues remain of the ancient fertile wetland, yet concealed in its center of the gridded farmland lays Kopuatai Peat Dome, the largest unaltered restiad peat bog in New Zealand, and unique globally. By traversing the wetland by foot and kayak, van der Drift pictures areas once full of giant Kahikatea trees that have been crowded out by willow.