I Too Am in Paradise II is a moving image work that records the organic process of a living sculpture as it grows and decays, and captures the forces of seasonal change.
While the kōwhai ngutu kākā mā (white kākā beak) grows and builds strength over time, the clay urns decay, changing shape and material structure, slowly returning to the earth. The time based work was first shown at Objectspace, Auckland, N.Z. February-May 2019.
Kōwhai ngutu kākā plants are found only in New Zealand and are threatened with extinction in the wild. When filming was finished the ngutu kākā mā were gifted to the Waikereru Ecosanctuary, set up for ecological restoration by Prof Dame Anne Salmond and Jeremy Salmond on Te Tai Rāwhiti/East Coast of New Zealand.
Melanie Oliver, ‘I Too Am In Paradise II’, Objectspace Publication, 2019 http://www.objectspace.org.nz/journal/i-too-am-in-paradise-ii-1/
Rangihīroa Panoho, ‘E kōrero ana ngā rākau : the trees are talking’, Objectspace Publication, 2019 http://www.objectspace.org.nz/journal/e-korero-ana-nga-rakau/