Landscapes inspire

Australian artist and Queenstown resident Samantha Collyer's  exhibition opens at the Cloakroom...
Australian artist and Queenstown resident Samantha Collyer's exhibition opens at the Cloakroom Gallery tonight. Photo by James Beech.
The ever-changing beauty of New Zealand's landscapes inspired an Australian resident of Queenstown to create new artworks for an exhibition to be launched tonight.

Visual arts and photography teacher Samantha Collyer divides her year between the resort and Brunswick Heads, near Byron Bay.

She will today unveil to the public "Woven Landscapes" at the Cloakroom Gallery, on the corner of Ballarat and Stanley Sts.

The collection features 13 photographs depicting winter ice on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, plus Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Hawea, Doubtful Sound and the Southern Alps from the air.

The Sydney College of the Arts graduate photographed the Tasman Glacier after a huge calving.

She kept the newly exposed blue ice in the image while the rest of the image was made black and white.

Half a dozen pieces of collage take an abstract view of the jagged terrain surrounding Lake Wakatipu as well as the Crown Range and Lake Hawea.

"The collage and the stitching references the threading back of the landscape and the torn handmade paper are very much like the skyline of the mountains," Collyer said.

Wrapping a collage around a light fixture like a lamp shade gave a "mythical warmth to the room" and it became a sculpture, the artist said.

"These works reflect times inspired by walking and discovering the various mountains, coves, grottos, rainforests and waterways of this land," she said.

"I have always had a camera to capture time and place, hence the series of photographic landscapes reflecting how they weave their way into your soul.

"Working with collage using different natural fibres allows me to weave together layers of time, space and meaning; creating transparent landscapes of memories from past journeys in the land," Collyer said.

"Woven Landscapes" opens today at 5pm and runs until next Friday. All are welcome.



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