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Environmental art at Arataki

Reclaimed timber and old maps are the canvases for a new exhibition at Arataki Visitor Centre.

Karekare based environmental artist Mandy Patmore was behind the creative works that included painting and woodcut prints.

The exhibition titled Nohanga included, Taonga, Whenua and Nga Manu components which explored habitat lost and deforestation, a release said.

The works looked at the past, present and future of land, she said in a release.

Taonga included painted birds, insects and leaves on reclaimed timber including antique tools, she said.

Patmore said  it explored the journey of native trees from their natural environment, providing shelter for fauna to being logged for homes.

Whenua included collection of woodcuts of birds on old maps, which dated back to around the 1940’s, she said.

Nga Manu, studied native birds that were painted on rescued native timber, the artist said..

She said she was the “quintessential recycler” and found the reclaimed native timber in rubbish bins, demo yards and building sites.

“It’s about looking at the history of the tree.”

The artist said it was not about making something look pretty, but about looking at the “journey” of the piece of wood.

She said she would like people to “pause” a bit and consider why she had chosen pieces.

Patmore is creative director of Kakano Youth Arts Collective, a youth visual arts programme at Corban Estate Arts Centre. 

The exhibition is on display at the Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi. It runs until April 30.

For more info contact Arataki Visitor Centre manager Glenn Browne on 027 4062 133 or go to regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/aratakivisitorcentre.