Deconstructing New Zealand
In my quest to understand a completely new ecosystem, I looked to the early European ‘discoverers’ for ways of categorizing it. In particular to Joseph Banks and his ‘in house’ artist Sidney Parkinson who visited New Zealand in 1769 with Captain Cook on the Endeavour. They led me through the plant and bird life, which I was able to study in the National collections in Wellington.
The resulting images were 14 journeys in different areas of New Zealand portraying the landscape character of each region, its geology, climate and flora.
My rule was only to pick up specimens that lay in my path and to pick nothing living. The ‘memory boxes’ displayed in Te Papa in Wellington inspired my ‘Museum Box’.
© Jayne Ivimey