A circle of video recordings of continuous observational vigils of natural life from the artists’ home, farm and environs in mid-Canterbury. [HD, 7-12 x 24hr video loops]
Ashburton Art Gallery, AUG-SEP, 2021
Observing nature with neutrality is an essential task as a farmer, as a filmmaker, and as an artist. I spend duration watching and being with the creatures, insects, and plants that live out their days and nights, in the wilds, and on the farms – from Heathcote to Mt. Hutt, and throughout the Canterbury plains.
“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
A contemplative witness, without commentary or judgment, a meditation. To not inject a perspective, impose a story or create a narrative upon natural life. To not apply music or drama to incite emotion. To not impose a myth upon the collected images of nature through omission, selection or layering.
Kanohi kai matarae. I focus my gaze upon this matter, because it is what matters.