There are times when the actual experience of leaving something makes you wish
desperately that you could stay, and then there are times when the leaving reminds you a
hundred times over why exactly you had to leave in the first place.
— Shauna Niequist
Photography has transitioned from a historic snapshot to a contemporary abstraction where
dialectical thought produces a network of several events. Within this body of work I am
presenting a series of unseen events that inform a meta narrative based on my interaction
with the northern town Kaeo, making my own and others experiences visible.
Natural forces have challenged the citizens of Kaeo, weathering and eroding the
landscape. In recent times the geography has undergone further alteration to protect Kaeo
from another great flood.
I have developed the work through accumulated language and knowledge from visiting
Kaeo. This formula, informs the unfinished inventories that have been left behind by those
who have moved on.
Conversations across various storytellers have informed the work. Both familiar and foreign,
my presentation is an act of trying to connect with this place. Similarly to my psychological
journey, the photograph is adapting yet again in a pivotal moment.
Lea Schlatter, 2014. Poppy’s River [Inkjet print 707 x 1000, clay and acrylic sculpture].
Collection of the artist.