Braided River, Canterbury $1,800 Status: Available
“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity”
We live in a continuous postcard here: most of the colours and shapes with few flat horizons – the land bossing the sky, visually at least.
It’s a very young landscape too – Ruamoko, the unborn and restless earthquake/volcano god, making his earth mother Papa “subject to geological change without notice” (Durrant) and his angry teenage brother Tawhiri forever wearing her down with wind and storm. It’s an invitation to move images around and intensify – as nature does.