Kate van der Drift, First Quarter Moon to New Moon, July 37°20’33.4S 175°30’30.5E, 2019. C-type photographic handprint on matte Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper, edition of 2 + 2 AP, 50cm x 40cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland.
This is an experimental (and rather new) part of an ongoing multidisciplinary investigation by Kate van der Drift into the fragile ecology and transformation of the Hauraki Plains.
The groundwater of the present-day Plains is tightly controlled; few clues remain of the great fertile wetland, yet concealed in the centre of the gridded farmland lays Kopuatai Peat Dome, the largest unaltered restiad peat bog in New Zealand and unique globally. Acting as a sponge, the Peat Dome protects low-lying farmland from flooding, but in recent years it hasn’t soaked up the excess water.
Exhibition opens 5:30—7:30pm Tuesday 22 October 2019