Sam Clark


This large, detailed allegorical work uses native and introduced plants and birds to re affirm some of New Zealand’s most important colonial era events that have had ongoing consequences both ecologically and politically. The work strives to inform people of one of New Zealand’s most important, yet not widely acknowledged founding documents; the Declaration of Independence 1835. The characters and symbols in the image reveal the conditions that brought this document into existence, and the wider effects of colonisation on New Zealand’s native people, flora and fauna. 

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