Beached Forest

Interactive Art Installation by Susan Mabin

Date: Oct 7 – Oct 24Space: Main Gallery

Walk amongst a sculptural forest of trees that have grown from the detritus of Hawke’s Bay beaches, surging from the waves onto the shore, and into the gallery at Creative Arts Napier.

Twisted and bandaged around the branches of each tree is the waste that humans cast into the ocean; plastic, cloth, tin and fishing line that smother and alter the natural world. The resulting beauty of Beached Forest seems to transcend this materiality; and begs the question of how the natural world will survive and repair itself without human intervention.

A New Zealand social reality is that climate change will alter the regional environment, for everyone. This art piece confronts this issue by offering an interactive experience that will highlight the impact that waste is having now, and on our future.

Watch the stop-motion movie by Mabin showing on a loop within the gallery, plus view the vast sewn-together plastic bait bag wall hanging that acts as a back drop to the forest. These additions will highlight the damage that certain human activities cause to our oceans and shoreline.

Susan Mabin is an award winning Hawke’s Bay multimedia artist concerned with environmental themes. She spends many hours combing the shoreline for materials that she transforms into artworks. Join Susan at Creative Arts Napier for a series of exciting educational children’s workshops to coincide with her installation and the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival; listen to environmental guest speakers and collaborate on the creation of additional sculptural pieces for the installation. In particular, during these workshops the children will focus on creating a ‘Tree of Hope” centrepiece for the installation.

Susan Mabin is a multimedia artist working in installation, sculpture, painting and photography. Susan graduated from Eastern Institute of Technology in 2018 with a Master of Professional Creative Practice, having completed a post graduate diploma in 2016.  Susan has been a finalist in the NZ National Contemporary Art Award in 2016 and 2017, the Molly Morpeth 3D Canaday Award and the Adam Portraiture Award in 2018, and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing award in 2019.  She has work in private collections, including The Wallace Arts Trust.  Susan has exhibited at Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition in Hawkes Bay in 2016, New Zealand Sculpture on Shore in 2014 and 2018 and the Hastings City Art Gallery in 2018.

Susan Mabin lives in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.


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