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Nature shows its colour in Thistle Hall art exhibtion

Dec 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News


MAKING A STATEMENT: Artist Sarah Matthew (second from left) discussing her environment themed exhibition.

NATURE and nurture were on show at a Thistle Hall art gallery last week.

About 200 people visited artist Sarah Matthew’s exhibition of prints of photographs from Raoul Island..

“It was definitely more than I was expecting,” said Matthew, who had 70 people at the exhibition opening for Raoul, Island Time.

The photographs were taken on Raoul Island, the most northern member of the Kermadec Islands, 1000km north-east of New Zealand.

Matthew weeded and maintained on the island for six months as part of a DOC team.

“It sounds really simple but it’s not like weeding your vegetable garden. It was a very thick bush and kind of jungle-like,” Matthew said.

She said her love of nature and the bush came from her half-year experience on Raoul Island.

“I wanted to take photographs that didn’t permanently alter or harm the environment. I wanted it to be temporary,” Matthew said.

She said her intention was to make people aware of the beauty in the environment and how we are contributing to it.

Matthew said she had always found gallery openings to be one of the toughest parts of being an artist.

“Generally most artists are really shy and it goes against the grain to put yourself on display,” Matthew said.

Matthew said previously that humor was central to her work and that it helped to get a message across.

She will be reuniting with classmates from the Quay School of Arts in Whanganui for a group exhibition next year.


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