Joyce Campbell: L. A Botanical and Last Light

20 February – 9 May 2010

New Zealand artist Joyce Campbell exhibits L. A Botanical and Last Light – two bodies of work employing the historical photographic technologies of the ambrotype and daguerreotype.

New Zealand artist Joyce Campbell exhibits two bodies of work for Christchurch Art Gallery: LA Botanical and Last Light.

Campbell employs two historical photographic technologies – the ambrotype and the daguerreotype – to create arresting, otherworldly images.

In LA Botanical her delicate ambrotypes (negative images on glass that appear positive against a black backdrop) depict medicinal flowers and herbs that have the power to sustain or kill.

The daguerreotypes of Last Light are the results of Campbell's 2006 trip to Antarctica, and record a landscape that can be eerie and at times redolent of menace.

Exhibition number 837