Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1937
Land Extensums, Port Hills
- Gift of the artist, 2000
Location: Dame Louise Henderson Gallery
Tags: grasses (plants), hills, installations (visual works), landscapes (representations), natural landscapes, rock
‘Extensums’ are the temporary sculptural works Pauline Rhodes constructs in her local landscape. After documenting them with a photograph, she quickly dismantles them to leave no trace.
Pauline has worked in this way in Te Poho-o-Tamatea The Port Hills and across Horomaka Banks Peninsula since the early 1970s, developing a close and nuanced relationship with the whenua. She works alone, using simple, lightweight materials to activate the distinct and changing energies of the landscape, which becomes a dynamic and recurrent participant in her sculptures, rather than a passive backdrop.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )