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Terra Firma Dissonance: Environmental Photographs

Terra Firma Dissonance: Environmental Photographs

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When:

  • Fri 6 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sat 7 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 9 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 10 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 11 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 12 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 14 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 16 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 17 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Terra Firma Dissonance: Environmental Photographs by Victoria Forbes features nine large scale photographic prints with digitized text and graphic augmentation. This photographic series is based on the issue of soil erosion in the Manawatu and is divided into three main subject areas: Soil Erosion, Deforestation and Dry Stock Cattle Farming [Cows raised for beef, not for milk]. Each of the three subjects is presented as a narrative starting with the extreme effects of soil erosion through to images representing a positive sustainable future for the land. A series of small related works will also be shown. The exhibition will open on 6th March and continue through 19th March; a reception to honour the artist will be held on Friday 13th March from 5-7pm. The public is cordially invited to attend and to meet the artist and to discuss her concerns and hopes for the Manawatu environment.

Victoria Forbes was introduced to the topic of soil erosion and sustainable farming in 1997 while studying local geography at high school. She writes: “I have been fascinated with this subject ever since. However, it was not until the flood of February 2004 in my home region of the Manawatu that I could truly see the long-term effects of unsustainable framing practices. These practices left the land vulnerable to slips, long-term productivity loss and visual scaring. This inspired me to study Science and Technology at Massey University, majoring in Horticulture and Earth Science. Graduating in 2006, I travelled around South Western Australia at the height of their ten-year drought. Here, the true long-term effects of ignoring soil erosion were visible. Nothing was growing, as there were no trees to create rain cloud formation and this accelerated the effect of the drought. It was then I knew that I needed to photograph and document the damage I was seeing, and communicate that to an audience in the hope that we don’t make the same mistakes in New Zealand.

“Upon arriving back in New Zealand, I worked in the Horticulture industry, only to find that farming here was not changing. Practices were still unsustainable, and overladen with chemical use. I was drawn into art, and enrolled in UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging, majoring in Photography. It was here I found my voice, and brought together my two loves: Art and Science. I will continue to explore ways of expressing the complicated issues around soil erosion through my photography and my graphic skills”.

Victoria recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from Massey University and today teaches secondary school level Art at New Plymouth Girls’ High School. Forbes says: “I am passionate about photography and art of all kinds. Having grown up enjoying the great outdoors I also have a strong feelings for nature and the New Zealand natural environment. This particular passion is reflected in all of my art work.”

Forbes’ hobbies include gardening, painting, ‘nature walking’, photography and print making. Her long term goal is to be an art curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. “I think giving back to the community is vitally important and while I am working in the education field I will continue my own studies in order to achieve my career goal.”

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