Kim Logue – The Populous Pine
Ceramics – stoneware, porcelain, obsidian, Egytptian paste, englobes, re-cycled saw blades – $2,450.00 or ($400.00 each)
My work focuses on the loss on New Zealand’s indigenous forests. I use tools in particular the saw as an icon to encourage discussion about deforestation and to raise questions about the price of “progress”.
The saw is a metaphor for both destruction and construction. The Populous Pine highlights not only the loss of high value native timber trees but also the extended ecosystem they support as they are replaced by a monoculture of pine plantations.
Kauri and Clay
Matauri Bay Porcelain Clay, Stoneware clays, Decals, Gold leaf – $560.00 per pair (1 large, 1 small)
Northland’s a fantastic place to live with its mild climate, stunning coastline and rich natural resources, yet it remains an economically depressed area. Looking from my own artistic view point two resources stand out – Kauri and Clay.
Kauri – Traded since the 1800s, shipped off as logs to the United Kingdom for spars, now days it’s the ancient Swamp Kauri shipped to China under the guise of a “finished product”.
Clay – Matauri Bay has the whitest kaolin in the world mined from Halloysite deposits owned and exported throughout the world by a French company as a raw product. I wonder how many jobs and what wealth could be created and retained in the North if these resources were turned into locally made high end products before they disappear into the offshore coffers of foreign ownership.