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Visions of Zealandia 2: the big idea

1 JULY - 31 AUGUST 2019

Following on from her wildly successful 2017 exhibition at Zealandia, Judi's latest exhibition tells us new stories about Zealandia's birds, with images exploring their intelligence and curiosity, their history and beauty, and what the future might hold for them.  "Visions of Zealandia 2: the big idea" celebrates each bird as an individual, unique soul with a story to tell in a series of painterly portraits. Of special note is "Imagine" - a commissioned work by Jim and Eve Lynch, founders and visionaries of the Zealandia project, created especially for Jim's upcoming book on the history and impact of Zealandia. 

For many years now, Judi has advocated for birds through writing and photography, as well as field work. Her step into wildlife advocacy through creative interpretation was a natural progression. Freed from the constraints of pure nature photography, Judi exposes her interpretation of the inner world of others – their thoughts and feelings, their hopes and desires – in a form tangible to the human viewer that she hopes engenders empathy with other living creatures. Caring and understanding at an emotional level can translate into action that will ensure these precious species survive.

What is fine-art photo artistry? 
For photo-artists, the photograph is just the first step in the creative process. One digital photo-artistic image can consist of hundreds of layers of photographs, graphics, scanned ephemera and textures, lighting and colour adjustments, and digital brushstrokes all blended and masked together to form an image that is more painting than photograph. The image may then be Giclée printed onto archival fine-art canvas or paper or other substrates.

Archival framed and unframed limited-edition prints are available in three sizes. They can be purchased and/or ordered at Zealandia or via this website (see below). For all the pictures in this exhibition, 10% of the artist's proceeds goes back to conservation in addition to the gallery commission (which also directly goes to support Zealandia's conservation work), thus both the artist and the art collector are participating in wildlife conservation. 

Judi will be at Zealandia EcoSanctuary on Thursday, 4 July from 5-6:30pm for a special viewing with drinks and nibbles. If you would like to join us, please RSVP by 1 July. Or please feel free to contact Judi to meet at another time by arrangement, including joining her and her photographer friends for their regular Sunday morning photo-walk. 
Enquiries to
Zealandia EcoSanctuary
End of Waiapu Road
Details on Zealandia's Event Website
Phone +64 4 920 9213
Email info@visitzealandia.com

Opening Hours 9am till 5pm every day
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