Photograph, 'Seaward Bush Interior'; Zusters, Jane; 2011; NZC.11.008


Photograph, 'Seaward Bush Interior'

About this object

2011 was the 150th anniversary of Southland. To mark this occasion the Eastern Southland Gallery teamed up with 12 artists to remember a largely overlooked part of Southland's history. The exhibition focused on Southland's Seaward Bush; the native bush which once stretched from South Invercargill to the Matarua River and covered approximately 19,000 hectares. By 1930, the Seaward Bush had been largely milled or burnt off and surveyed into farms. Small remnants remain at Seaward Bush and Kew Bush Reserves.

Dr Paul Star, a Dunedin based environmental historian, sparked the exhibition through his work, "'Doomed Timber': Towards an Environmental History of Seaward Forest'. Artists were asked to respond to Paul's research and this piece 'Seaward Bush Interior' was the response of artist Jane Zusters.

About the Artist:

Originally from Christchurch, Jane began her career as a school teacher, however, while teaching in Fiji she decided to become an artist. Jane trained at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts in the 1970s. In 2003, she studied photography at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. Primarily a painter and photographer, Jane explores her work through various medias.

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Zusters, Jane

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h 605 mm x w 725 mm x d 30 mm



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Art and Design

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, glass
organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card

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