Squidy Runs Away with Submersible Time
September 14 - 30
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Cast Left to Right:
Front row: Mine, Wurm, Tripod, U-bend, A-Pod, Squidy with Submersible Time
Mid row: Hoover, Under its Own Steam, Action Down Under
Back row: Altered States, So Real, Trumpet, Orbit, Hand me down
Squidy runs away with submersible time
To help you make sense of this world that I’m in
Dive into the ocean, look under, within
Plunge into the water, it’s deep and it’s dark
With a memory sealed in the mind of a shark
Slip down through the surface to the watery floor
Swim off to new places, you've not been before
The news has been spreading, that we must act fast
Our oceans are spoiling they’re not going to last
To imagine a world is a wonderful thing
It can help you escape from this mess that we’re in
Take nuts and bolts, a clock part or two,
insides of a fridge and build a whole crew
The characters form with a lightbulb like pop
They twitch and they wriggle to develop the plot
A squid runs away with submersible time
He’s gotta act quick, there's much on the line
He slips through a tunnel, with light at both ends
Can he turn back the clock can he help make amends
He meets lots of fish, he passes through schools
Who soon pass the news that we’re acting like fools
He meets a friend Hoover who’s sucking up trash
Our world is unravelling, it’s hell bent on cash
Spare a thought for our creatures that all share this space
Let’s pick up behind us, let’s not leave a trace
The word has got round that we’re ruining our ocean
With no thought for the future, we haven’t a notion
We can make improvements, we must make the time
It's now or it’s never - we swim a fine line.
Don’t mine for the takings, Don't mine to the depths
Till there’s nothing remaining, nothing more left
We mustn’t continue to take what we please
We must all act now, let’s help save our seas!
With chaos unfolding in our world and external pressures beyond my control it has been a welcome reprieve to make time and dive into my imagination.
Letting my whimsical mind roam free, I breathe a sense of life back into the discarded. Poles apart from their initial function, by-products are given an opportunity for renewal. Dig deeper and the inner child at play is toying with the materiality of human consumption and what this means for our planet. Objects that come from dark and light places to contemplate our shared humanity.
In ‘Squidy runs away with submersible time’, I take my whimsical sculptures and submerge them into photographic environments I love to explore. They begin their journey immersed in unchartered territory. A new narrative is unfolding.
My extreme gratitude to the wonderfully talented and supportive group Occupation Artist for conceiving this project and making it happen. For believing in me and helping to nurture my creative self back into action.
A huge thank you to the following people; my partner David for his patience and computer genius to help me make technical discoveries to get this show on the road; and other friends and workmates for their enthusiasm and feedback.
A special thank you to Ainslie Henderson for his inspiring work and willingness to respond to my own.
Finally thanks to Creative New Zealand for their support of this project – aren't we fortunate to have such a strong arts community and backing.
This creative journey would not have happened without you all.
There is nothing Fake about Faux.