Within this body of work I am presenting a series past events that inform a
meta narrative based on my interaction with the small northern town Kaeo.
Several deluges have affected Kaeo Valley, altering the landscape. In 2007
rising water in the floodplain frightened families with 228 properties
threatened. Evicted homes still remain with evidence of previous families
I have developed the work through accumulated conversations and
investigations from visiting Kaeo. These have informed the unfinished
inventories left behind by those who have moved on.
In returning to the community, I intend to share my encounters in the form of
a public workshop, sharing the experience of reconstruction rather than
Lea Schlatter, 2014. Poppy’s River [two photographs, sculpture, variable
dimensions]. Collection of the artist.