Stunning imagery depicting nature at its finest and making visible the invisible is the key to Auckland artist Cathy Carter's success.

Fresh from her three-week residency at Waimarama Beach late last year, Carter presents a series of photographic works themed around local myths, notable landmarks and human interaction with Waimarama - all of which she believes will "literally take your breath away".

Her time at Waimarama co-incided with a super moon (on December 3, 2017), enabling her to explore both aspects and literal meaning of the beach's name: Wai (water) marama (moon).

She will showcase photographs from three series; Seaside, Oceanids and Motu-O-Kura.


Upon opening yesterday at Havelock North's Muse Gallery, the exhibition will run until February 26.

"I am so excited to have had this opportunity to make work founded very much in a sense of place – especially when that place is as special as Waimarama – and now to be showing that work in a place closely related to where the work was inspired and to people who understand and cherish the unique and remarkable attributes of this place," Carter said.

Every day during the residency, she notes how astounded by the beauty of Waimarama she was and how it left a profound impact on her.

"I'm excited by this new work, and hope that viewers, most of whom know this place even more intimately than I, will relate to my sense of wonder, exploration and transformation."

Carter's art practice centres on water as her inspiration, in all its forms, and our complex relationship to it. In her work she explores bodies of water as physical, cultural and social "landscapes".

Through the use of intimate perspective she seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as observation.

Carter, who was down for the opening, will also be doing an artist talk today at 11 am.

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