Natural world art

Artist Elizabeth Thomson with one of her exoplanet works.

A new exhibition has opened at the Ashburton Art Gallery that explores art, science, imagination and the natural world we live in.

Wellington-based sculptor/installation artist Elizabeth Thomson is drawn to areas of botany, micro-biology, mathematics and oceanography.

The exhibition Cellular Memory has been touring the country for two years, with Ashburton gallery hosting the largest version of the show that includes a new suite of works called Lateral Theories.

Lateral Theories features two metre high ‘exoplanets’ made from fibreglass and resin, showing modified satellite images of earth taken from space.

Elizabeth is interested in possible habitations elsewhere and what they would look like.

“Because I have removed frames of reference from the works, they familiar to earth but not as well.

“In a way I am setting up an enquiry, I am leaving it up to people to bring their own experience with them.”

Exhibition curator Gregory O’Brien said the great thing about Ashburton is being able to show these bigger works about the planet.

“Ashburton Art Gallery is a fantastic space, people love to bring work here, the staff are fantastic, the space, the lighting, the walls and the technology of the place is state of art.

“Locals should realise this place is prestigious and has mana throughout the North Island.”

Cellular Memory runs until 24 October 2021.

By Daniel Tobin