Alexis Neal

Lunch and Dinner served on a bed of Native Flora (framed)

Lunch and Dinner served on a bed of Native Flora (framed)

Lunch and Dinner served on a bed of Native Flora
Multi plate mezzotint with chine-collé on Hahnemühle paper (edition of 6/15)
640 mm x 790 mm (framed)

By Alexis Neal
Ngāti Awa

This work was made for an exhibition project called Paradise Lost that focused on the contribution Swedish Botanist Daniel Solander made in researching and collecting over 1300 plant species, native to New Zealand. Themes of survival of hunting and gathering and preserving food seasonally are being explored in this work, using native edible flora and fauna that are still sustaining our people today.

 

Stone lithography involves a process of drawing or printing on limestone, which is chemically treated to become ink receptive. The process of drawing for my lithography print is partly made by relief printing organic plant material directly on to the stone to create the bed of edible flora for the poha titi (bag containing preserved muttonbird) to sit on. The bark like surfaces also give the impression of the bark that is wrapped around the seaweed pocket within the poha titi woven kete. 

  • Lunch and Dinner served on a bed of Native Flora (Framed)