the weight of memory - mixed media

the weight of memory

The archaeological record is the body of physical evidence of human prehistory and history.  Evidence can easily be destroyed by natural catastrophes or human activity, such as land development, war, tourism or even inexpert archaeological investagtions. Online databases of field notes and photographic images are a crucial repository of knowledge about human civilisations. This image…

the new world has old stories - mixed media

the new world has old stories

Petroglyphs are found in limestone caves and shelters in the South Island of New Zealand.  They are thought to date from the 15th century, New Zealand’s ‘Moa Hunter’ period. Mixed media To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities. -frank delaney

waimakariri iii - linocut

waimakariri iii

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. Linocut Image size: 20×20 cm Edition: 20 No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and…

Sic itur ad astra - screenprint

sic itur ad astra

At 3,724 metres, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand.  It lies in the Southern Alps, in the Canterbury region. Edmund Hillary no doubt acquired some technical skills on Aoraki/Mount Cook before attempting Everest ….  such is the way to the stars, or immortality. Screenprint 18x18cm Varied edition: 30 $150 It is not…

silver flax linocut

silver flax

The New Zealand plant phormium tenax, called harakeke by Maori and flax by Europeans, presumably because of the common use of harakeke fibre in the manufacture of items such as rope and clothing. Linocut 7x7cm Edition: 20 $40

silver fern linocut

silver fern

The silver fern is widely used as a symbol by New Zealand national sports teams.  In 1991, the NZ Rugby Football Union obtained trade marks for its own fern logo, and sought to include any stylised fern in its application.   This broader application was defeated in the courts.  So here’s my silver fern print…

greywacke

Canterbury’s braided rivers transport shattered greywacke rocks from the Southern Alps over the Canterbury plains to the Pacific Ocean, transforming them into rounded boulders. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 4

tui

The tui is an endemic passerine New Zealand bird, a member of the honeyeater family. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 20x28cm Varied edition: 6

kea ii

kea

The kea is an endemic parrot, found in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 3

An angel at my table - cyanotype

an angel at my table

On reading Janet Frame’s autobiography … Cyanotype Varied edition; 3 prints £45 “From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths and its direction toward the Third Place, where the starting point…

waimakariri ii - linocut

waimakariri ii

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. Linocut Image size: 125x60mm Edition:12

plains ii - linocut

plains

The Canterbury Plains stretch from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, a woven patchwork of neat, rectangular fields and long, straight roads Linocut Image size: 75x125mm Varied edition

tekapo iii

tekapo iii

Lake Tekapo lies at the heart of the South Island of New Zealand, in Mackenzie Country, 700 metres above sea level. Finely ground rock in melted glacial water from the Southern Alps gives Tekapo its vivid turquoise colour. Screenprint 15x15cm Edition: 16 £50

tekapo ii

tekapo ii

Shoreline boulders.  Lake Tekapo lies at the heart of the South Island of New Zealand, in Mackenzie Country, 700 metres above sea level. Finely ground rock in melted glacial water from the Southern Alps gives Tekapo its vivid turquoise colour. Screenprint Image size: 400x165mm Edition:10 £75

tekapo i

tekapo i

Lupins.  Lake Tekapo lies at the heart of the South Island of New Zealand, in Mackenzie Country, 700 metres above sea level.  Finely ground rock in melted glacial water from the Southern Alps gives Tekapo its vivid turquoise colour. Screenprint Image size: 400x165mm Edition:10 £75

waimakariri i linocut

waimakariri i

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. Linocut Image size: 75x205mm Edition:20

marakihau-02 linocut

marakihau ii

The Marakihau is a sea monster in Maori mythology, with a fish-like tail and a hollow forked tongue which can suck in fish, boats & men. This marakihau is shown in Lake Pukaki, in front of Aoraki/Mount Cook Linocut Image size 15x21cm

marakihau-01 linocut

marakihau i

The Marakihau is a sea monster in Maori mythology, with a fish-like tail and a hollow forked tongue which can suck in fish, boats & men. This marakihau is shown in Lake Pukaki, in front of Aoraki/Mount Cook Linocut Image size: 15x21cm

aoraki_pukaki-3 linocut

aoraki-pukaki iii

Aoraki means Cloud Piercer in the Ngai Tahu dialect of the Maori language, an appropriate name for New Zealand’s highest mountain. Lake Pukaki is fed by the Tasman River, which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker glaciers.  Finely ground rock particles give the lake its distinctive blue colour. Linocut Image size: 15x21cm

aoraki_pukaki-2 linocut

aoraki-pukaki ii

Aoraki means Cloud Piercer in the Ngai Tahu dialect of the Maori language, an appropriate name for New Zealand’s highest mountain. Lake Pukaki is fed by the Tasman River, which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker glaciers.  Finely ground rock particles give the lake its distinctive blue colour. Linocut Image size: 15x21cm

aoraki_pukaki-01 linocut

aoraki-pukaki i

Aoraki means Cloud Piercer in the Ngai Tahu dialect of the Maori language, an appropriate name for New Zealand’s highest mountain. Lake Pukaki is fed by the Tasman River, which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker glaciers.  Finely ground rock particles give the lake its distinctive blue colour. Linocut Image size: 15x21cm

tuatara ii

Tuatara are lizard-like reptiles, found only in New Zealand.  The tuatara is the only remaining member of the order Sphendontia: other related species are thought to have become extinct about 60 million years ago. Linocut Image size: 75x200mm

tuatara 1 - linocut

tuatara i

Tuatara are lizard-like reptiles, found only in New Zealand.  The tuatara is the only remaining member of the order Sphendontia: other related species are thought to have become extinct about 60 million years ago. Linocut Image size: 75x200mm Edition: 30

cabbage-tree

cabbage tree

The cabbage tree (cordyline australis) is one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape.  In Britain, it’s known as the Torquay palm and used as a symbol of the British Riviera. Linocut & collage block Image size: 7x20cm Edition: 12

aoraki

New Zealand’s highest mountain was named after Captain James Cook who surveyed and circumnavigated New Zealand in 1770.  It was renamed Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1998.  Aoraki means Cloud Piercer in the Ngai Tahu dialect of the Maori language. Acrylic Image size 50x40cm

waimakariri mosaic

waimakariri

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. 2006 – Pataka Pottery tiles & Waimakariri river pebbles – image size: 50x50cm

tane mahuta and the tui linocut

tane mahuta & the tui

In the Maori creation tradition, the children of sky father Ranginui and earth mother Papatuanuku were trapped between their embracing parents. They longed for light, so one of them, Tane Mahuta, pushed his parents apart, creating the sky and the earth. The largest kauri tree (agathis australis) in New Zealand is Tane Mahuta, 2,000 years…

Aotearoa linocut

aotearoa

Papatuanuku, with moko, tiki and tuatara. In one version of the Maori creation tradition, life was created by earth mother Papatuanuku and sky father Ranginui. Linocut Image size 15cmx20cm Edition: 30