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“Spirit” 2013 Breaker Bay, Wellington
Limited edition (1) – Giclée print on Rag 904 x 1355mm

From the recent Ripple exhibition at Cecil Veda Gallery in Wellington

“Spirit” is the first image from a new longterm project that is exploring the effect New Zealand’s geographic isolation has had on our national psyche in both a contemporary and historical context.

To me this image represents a relationship to the sea, quiet determination and independence the many Kiwis hold dear.

It simultaneously can represent our past, present and future. Is this an historical scene of a pioneer making landfall? Could this boy be our next Peter Blake? Or does he represent all parents hopes that kids can still have simple fun, bare back and without an electronic device in sight?

The title “Spirit” is a reference to the Split Enz song “Six months in a leaky boat” which also is about our geographic isolation.

“When I was a young boy, I wanted to sail around the world
That’s the life for me, living on the sea
Spirit of a sailor, circumnavigates the globe
The lust of a pioneer, will acknowledge no frontier”

Many thanks to my son Morgan for standing in the cold fog for so long

See more works from “Ripple”

Spirit hanging in Cecil Veda Gallery

Kermadec Speaker Series

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

Kermadec Speaker Series – Experiencing the Kermadecs

Bruce Foster and I are the speakers at the third lecture in Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series is to be held on Thursday 31 May. The address is entitled – “Experiencing the Kermadecs”.

Within the contexts of our ongoing creative practices we will talk about our participation in, and contributions to, the Kermadec project. Our Kermadec works will be discussed as part of our lifelong preoccupation with the ocean and its shoreline. Bruce will also screen the film he shot on the journey.

The lecture will be held in the Aotearoa Evolves Gallery at the museum and will start at 6.30pm. Admission is $5.00 per person.
For more information and booking visit the Maritime Museum’s website.

Kermadec Speaker Series

Experience Kermadec come alive, hear the story behind the expedition and exhibition.
Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
6.30pm start. $5 per person Admission

Voyage the Kermadecs  The Artists’ Journey
Thursday 29.03.12
Speakers ~ Gregory O’Brien, John Reynolds, Phil Dadson & Bronwen Golder

Amazing Diversity A unique microcosm of flora & fauna
Thursday 26.04.12
Speakers ~ TomTrinski, NIWA expedition scientist

The Kermadec Region A living legacy
Thursday 31.05.12
Speakers ~ Bronwen Golder

Experiencing the Kermadecs Documentary screening
Thursday 28.06.12
Speakers ~ Bruce Foster & Jason O’Hara

To book, please contact Leanne on (09) 373 0800 or leanne@maritimemuseum.co.nz