Wish You Were Here installation
WISH YOU WERE HERE. Postcards from the Red Zone
Wish You Were Here is my response to the radically altered city I encountered when I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, from Melbourne late in 2012, two years after the devastating earthquakes that struck the city in February 2011, claiming 185 souls. Unstable and collapsed buildings were almost completely demolished and cleared, leaving a once charming English-style city a flattened, empty building site. Suburbs earmarked as beyond repair are eerily abandoned, apart from the stubborn few who refuse to leave their beloved homes, awaiting their turn for the wreckers bulldozers. The city was reaching the lowest point of transition between full demolition and its potential future renewal.
This body of work acknowledges the city as I found it, revealing absent buildings, absent people and the disappearing communities that were the on-going reality of the new Christchurch.
(all works oil on board)
Catholic Basilica, 45 cm x 50 cm Cathedral Square, 45 cm x 50 cm
Manchester Street I, 45 cm x 50 cm Manchester Street II, 45 cm x 50 cm
Wish You Were Here. 108 cm x 150 O/A dimensions (20 panels, 27 cm x 30 cm each)
20 city portraits, 27 cm x 30 cm each