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Eleanor Cooper | Bouquet

Auckland-based practitioner Eleanor Cooper explores the human history of the national conservation estate of Aotearoa.

Referencing two reserves managed by the Department of Conservation, the exhibition explores the Kawau Island gardens of Sir George Grey, twice Governor of New Zealand (1845-1853 and 1860-1868) and the second, Subantarctic Islands, specifically the Auckland Islands. In early 2019, Cooper spent time of the Auckland Islands to monitor the sea lion colony, making her own observations of contemporary conservation strategy, as well as of the wildlife and landscape.

The exhibition extends the artists research into the history of the national conservation estate, conservation strategy (sustainability versus preservation), walking and related activities, philosophy of landscape and whenua and the constitutional landscape vision of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Eleanor Cooper is an artist, writer and field ranger for the Department of Conservation. In 2019 she undertook an MFA at the University of Auckland where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) in 2012. She has exhibited widely within Aotearoa including at City Gallery Wellington, Hastings City Art Gallery, Mokopōpaki, Artspace, Split/Fountain, RM Gallery, The Physics Room and Objectspace, as well as providing written contributions to a number of publications including Argos Aotearoa and the recently released Pipi Press book In Common.

Fringe Tags; Visual Art

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