Melissa Macleod

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1973

the slow amputation of her protective arm

  • 2018-2019
  • Ply, steel, strapping, roots from drowning pine trees along the Avon Heathcote Estuary (New Brighton)
  • Purchased 2020
  • 3000 x 2200 x 400mm
  • 2021/007

the slow amputation of her protective arm registers an environmental impact that is hidden from view. When earthquakes struck Ōtautahi / Christchurch in 2010/11, they changed the structure of the land, flooding the roots of the pine trees along the New Brighton shore with fatal doses of salt water. Weaving together the roots of these slowly drowning trees, cleaned and tenderly coated in beeswax, Melissa Macleod transforms them into practical objects. Reminiscent of the sieves used by gardeners when preparing soil for planting, they call to mind all that has slipped away and all that still remains, reminding us of the work that is yet to be done.

(Te Wheke; Pathways across Oceania, 2020).