Two of my wrecked, relocated, collaged rooms testifying to the events of the recent Christchurch Earthquakes were shown at the Sanderson Gallery recently.
- Down Home brought together the work of four photographers addressing narratives of home; familial interactions, household artefacts, the domestic and the suburban. Through their varied practices, Kevin Capon, Young Sun Han, PJ Paterson and Jane Zusters demonstrate how close studies of the everyday can lead to quiet revelations. In Jane Zuster’s latest series At Home in Christchurch 2012, conventional divisions are in collapse as a result of the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Structure has completely disappeared in this series of digital photographs, capturing an overwhelming sense of displacement and impermanence. Interior scenes range from the abandoned to the familiarly kitsch, each one existing within realities of tragedy, upheaval, and disaster. ‘Home’ offers no sanctuary for unseen occupants in these confronting juxtapositions, which describe the persistence of routine in the face of cataclysm. Zusters conveys ‘a tangible sense of despair, but also a circularity and remembrance that things pass and will return again …
- Jamie Hanton, Director, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin (2013) see these images by appointment
See more of my art in the publication:The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2013-2015 – Edited by Jane Apperley, Tamara Darragh & Kylie Sanderson,Hardcover book, 140 pages | $39.95 The latest edition of The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art profiles a selection of exciting artists from the gallery’s offering, with essays provided by 21 of New Zealand’s most interesting art minds – critics, curators and writers.
Check out The Artists Book Launch Exhibition coming up – Sanderson Gallery, Newmarket – Tuesday 20th August
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STOP PRESS : one of my photographs is a finalist in the 2013 James Wallace Art Awards