locals promenade spontaneously.the line remained straight for daysplan, scale, proportion.day 3, tide effect - slow dispursalpeople and dogs gather at the tip.people, dogs and yacht club.seen from road at high tide.high tide.steps at high tide.the path after 4 months time.after 4 months passed.exploration from tip visible in mudbuilding, a typical load collected.back up and unload.initial spread by tractor.detailing of path by hand.building, straighten last sections.

?! - Deposition Composition

2012

A pacific oyster shell path. Naturally decaying. 4cm thick x 2m x 180m long.

French Bay, Titirangi, Auckland, Completed during McCahon Artist Residency Program

My three months of the residency were spent creating work that employed aspects of the immediate environment as its basis and to refer to, and somewhat replicate, work created by the renowned painter Colin McCahon. The massive tidal fluctuations of French Bay were considered as a metaphor for phasing degrees of confidence and belief within ones self, much as McCahon would have experienced. The key work became an 180m long x 2m wide shell path. The path took you down into the centre of the mud flat, where you will typically sink to mid shin with each step if you are not on the path. The shells were from 60years of the invasive pacific oyster. With iwi and council permission I moved the shells 200m to the east from their normal nook within French Bay. They will migrate back to the nook over the next few years, or merge into the mudflat, hopefully consolidating it a little. The community were notified with a letter drop, this lead to some issues about the shells coming to the fore i.e. the annual large shell collection, but also elicited support from a number of families who would come and help after school for the days of building.

The path began at a set of steps I cleared of sand at the edge of the road that had been buried for 30 years. 60years of encrusted sea life was cleaned off 20 anchor weights, to which yachts had moored during the time McCahon lived and painted in the bay. The work was completely submerged with each high tide. The work is called ?! - Deposition Composition. ?! captures the process for both McCahon and me as we made respective works – to question, then state. While making the work on site, people always come and ask what you're doing, they question, then I respond stating my intent and purpose with the work.