Anglican Cardboard Cathedral
21 February – 19 March 2021
A selection of frames from the eleventh hour of the lives of some Black-Billed Gulls as they nest in the ruins of an earthquake damaged building site in central Christchurch city. These birds are endangered due to loss of habitat.
From the upcoming “Duration” exhibition. “Duration” is a series of video recordings of continuous observational vigils of natural life from the artists’ environs in Canterbury. Observing the natural world is an essential task as a farmer, filmmaker, and artist. I have taken time to watch and film the living beings – animals, birds, insects and plants – that live near me and with me. To connect with another’s substance or matu, without imposing our own narrative, is to be reminded that all is “constantly changing and infinitely shifting so that almost nothing at all stands still.” (Marcus Aurelius)
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”Albert Einstein
“Duration” by Gaylene Anne Barnes, is to be exhibited in July/August 2021 at the Ashburton Art Gallery.