The four minute video covers my practice over the past thirty years, showing the complexity and significance of my work in the Pacific environment and providing context and reference to the work in Venice. Many ephemeral works were filmed in and under the sea, in Antarctica and Hawaii and during other symposia. The works reference marine life and microorganisms, drawing attention to the fragility and vulnerability of our environment. Temporary and site specific commissioned works are included along with vessel forms that have evolved as metaphors for life and survival. The sound track combines evocative music played by three musicians from Aotearoa, playing cello, guitar and flute music, the loop video plays continuously in the exhibition space.
Editing: Baraka. Film and Production: Virginia King
Sound: Includes evocative music played by three musicians from Aotearoa: Heart Strings Duo: Natarani-Cello, Sasha- Guitar and Anu Grace- Flute.
In 1995, I received a grant from Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, to make artwork with a theme of Past Migrations to Aotearoa; the Passage Series. Crucial to the content and intention of the artworks was the selection of suitable locations to document each artwork. The exhibition and video traveled to Public Galleries, including The Dowse, Lower Hutt; the Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North; Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery, Napier and the opening of the Te Puna Christchurch.
Camera: Nikki Baigent. Location: Karekare Beach and Western Springs, Auckland.
Styx (Sticks), draws parallels between the huge loss of New Zealand's ancient Kauri and the five rivers of grief represented in Greek Mythology: The video includes archival footage of the Kauri logging industry, a soundtrack of original music and my three metre sculpture Raft made from Salvaged Kauti. The video is divided into rivers, metaphors representing each stage in the grieving process, Styx, Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon and Lethe. 1997
Camera: Nikki Baigent. Location: Coromandel, Raurimu, Karekare Beach and Northland.
The video includes coloured and animated Electron Microscope images layered with Antarctic footage, and 21 suspended sculptures filmed in black light. The soundtrack of original music by fellow recipient Chris Cree Brown is combined with recordings of Weddell seals under McMurdo Sound in 1963 was made using a hydrophone, by physicist Dr. A C Kibblewhite. Included in the opening Exhibition, Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu.
Location: Filmed in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, Cape Royds and Cape Evans, during Antarctic Artist's Fellowship 1999. Sculpture filmed in black light during performance at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland.
Edited: Steve Roigard. Camera: Virginia King
Recordings of the Nautilus text whispered readings: James Preston, Julia Stevenson, Angela Merrie, Francesca King, Luke King, Mike King, Virginia King.
Editing: Rua Acorn
Turning Stones Time Lapse
A short time lapse video of Turning Stones, taken at Cottesloe SxS Perth.
Thanks to Gareth Carr.