Artisan: Lamenting lost native birds

By Element

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A new series of woodblock prints detailing some of New Zealand's most unique birds considers why some are on the brink of extinction and laments those already lost.

The work of Christchurch based artist Jo Ogier, the series features birds like the Huia and Kokako perched on guns and facing predators responsible for their demise.

Employing a focus on conservation ecology and the role individuals can have in protecting and preserving nature, the artist looks at how the introduction of predators as well as our own exploitation and greed for land and minerals have been detrimental in reducing native birds' habitats.

Currently on display at the Solander Gallery in Wellington, the exhibition also features four works in response to the Canterbury earthquakes.

"The Godwit's Ascent" details the resilient birds' journey to the Northern Hemisphere and symbolizes the people of Christchurch overcoming great adversity.

"Like the Godwit we have had to adapt and navigate our way through a shifting landscape. A new landscape which includes coloured zoned designating where you can or can't live and what foundations you must use to build.

"As nature slowly heals her scars on the land and its ecosystem our personal scars and experiences will also heal, but will always be part of who and what we are."

Ogier holds a diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration and has won several scholarships including the William Hodges Fellowship in 2000.

She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and in several group shows in Australia, Japan and France. Her work includes a number of large scale commissions for The Otago Museum, The Nelson Provincial Museum and The Department of Conservation.

What: Lament
When: August 22 - September 22
Where: Solander Gallery, 218c Willis St, Wellington

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