Silent Sentry

Silent Sentry

  • 720 x 1150 mm
  • Acrylic, collage and compressed charcoal on board in recycled cedar window frame
  • 2020
  • This work will be for sale in my studio during the Kāpiti Arts Trail – 2020

Silent Sentry refers to the derelict Tuahine Point Lighthouse built in Gisborne, 1911 of which only a portion still stands. During initial research I discovered the original plan drawings of the lighthouse were missing, presumed destroyed in the Hope/Gibbons archival fire of 1952. To add to this, the site visit which I had planned was cancelled due to the Covid19 lockdown. As a result, I had to sort through archival documents (newspaper clippings, letters, photographs) to discover the dimensions of the lighthouse (all in inches and feet!) and construct my own architectural drawings – a key process to my own understanding of this small obscure structure. Drawing and research processes were left as essential elements of the composition – including technical drafting, etching, notation, collage, sanding, indenting and scraping. The etched lines in this painting represent that which is missing or unseen. When standing at a distance from this work only the derelict remains of the lighthouse can be seen. Moving closer, etched details become visible allowing hidden elements to emerge and create new readings of the site.


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