"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”
In New Zealand we live at the edge of civilization. On our doorstep lies a seemingly endless ocean or a dense, untamed wilderness. A call has been made, we have chosen to save those that are being decimated by some of the immigrants that we ourselves introduced; the rabbit, possum, hedgehog and the rat. By the year 2050 New Zealand has pledged to eradicate these animals that we have deemed 'pest'.
I’m interested in the process of going to war and how our ideas about a situation are utilized, with grandiose rhetoric, to mobilize the public and sway opinion. This defining of Us and Them represents our self-interest and perhaps some guilt of the shortsightedness of our forefathers
“The invasion of predators has reached a tipping point and most of our native birds are at risk, most tragically, the kiwi. If we can lift the scale of predator control to regional landscapes, including communities where people live, which has not been done before, we can win the war.”
Sir Rob Fenwick 2016
Many of these works were completed for NorthArt Galleries. The exhibitions titled: Pocket Edition - Small works for Large Walls and also for the Drawings exhibitions.