Nadine Smith
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.

© 2020
Occupation: Artist