Zealandia (At Home)

2018

Archival pigment inks on Hahnemühle rag
Frame, museum glass
865mmH x 1065mmW
edition of 25

Series: X-Figure

Imagining an ideal home in Aotearoa New Zealand to ‘place’ the ancient stone monument Zealandia, the artist visualised an emerald-green rainforest; an eco-system that encapsulates the origins and fragile beauty of the earth’s recently discovered 8th Continent – Zealandia. In this primordial landscape, first memorialised by NZ environmentalist and landscape photographer Craig Potton, the totemic stone figure is isolated and autonomous, encircled by native flora in an exotic scene which is quintessentially Aotearoa/NZ. Made from an indigenous stone that predates human existence, the X-figure evokes Māori creation stories, bridging heaven and earth – feet grounded in Papatūānuku, the earth Mother, and arms reaching up into the mist to Ranginui, the sky-father. Like an Island emerging from the largely submerged continental landmass, Zealandia (At Home) imagines the birth of a nation and anchors pre-human DNA to the earth.