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Hullabaloo Art Space - 'Memories of Lost Forests' by Gail de Jong.

Location: Hullabaloo Art Space
Region: Cromwell
Dates: Sun, 4 April 2021 - Sun, 2 May 2021 @ Daily.

  • Hullabaloo Art Space - 'Memories of Lost Forests' by Gail de Jong.

‘Memories of Lost Forests' Solo show of new works by Gail de Jong.

Once Central Otago was a different world from the barren, dramatic weather worn hills we see around us now. There was forest, Kanuka, Kowhai, Totara and Mountain Beech on hillsides amongst golden tussock, Matagouri, and wild flowers in clearings.

The Hawksburn and Nevis hills show traces of trees, bleached remnants of trunks and root systems lying beneath rocky outcrops, briar and straggly stands of Kanuka beside boggy streams. These have the weathered, gnarled forms of ancient survivors. My recent works represent how I imagine the landscape had been and acknowledge how quickly it has changed. 

Multiple layers of oil paint, characteristic of my paintings of the Nevis hills, describe the geomorphology of the place where I live. Intrinsic within these works on canvas are interwoven surfaces of memory and history.


Hullabaloo Art Space

15 Melmore Terrace , Old Cromwell Historic Precinct