PhD exhibition: Elliot Collins: Surveyor
1 December 2017 - 9 December 2017
Bridge remnant, Maketū. Photo: Elliot Collins, 2015.
"This exhibition attempts to elucidate through a process of travel, research and making, the way memory markers reveal or conceal themselves in differing circumstances, specifically discussing ideas of enigma, signature, place-naming, silence, absence and speech. By observing and referencing signs, signwriting, tombstones and monuments there is a repeated encounter of human interventions with and in landscape. Whilst I walk the tracks and paths towards these markers I am repeating the action of advancing and retreating from memory, I also perform a kind of pilgrimage/research interaction that reveals to me the complex and differing layers of memory that exist within the social spaces of Aotearoa New Zealand. These experiences of mine in the field, both physical and cerebral are then articulated into the art works that constitute the thesis of this practice led PhD." — Elliot Collins, 2017.
This exhibition was developed in conjunction with practice-led PhD research at Auckland University of Technology.