Entangled in the richness of our native forest remnants are the sneaking tendrils of unwanted exotic weeds. Forest has the Blues is an installation project that brings the unique plant life of Aotearoa into the gallery space, with 9 printmakers collaborating to create a large scale urban forest, along with some of those undesirable species, using multiple printmaking techniques.
Alongside the installation will be a mini-forest of seedlings, with native trees to give away to local residents, to encourage better backyard biodiversity. The exhibition draws attention to the native forest presence in our urban areas, and the threats they face from invasive weeds.
The threats are many, from the constant incursions of development and land-use change pushing their boundaries ever inwards, to the proliferation of invasive weeds along their margins that can smother regrowth and limit regeneration, and the devastating effects of plant pathogens.
Participating artists include Celia Walker, Toni Hartill, Elle Anderson, Kheang Ov, Nicola Ov, Ina Arraoui and Esther Hansen, and selected students from Pukekohe High School.
Forest has the Blues opening event: Saturday 14 July, 2pm