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Title

Drowning theory, from the series Kermadec

2011


Artist

Fiona Hall

Australia

1953 -


About

Fiona Hall's 'Drowning theory' 2011 is part of a body of work inspired by the artist's expedition to the Kermadec Trench, led by Pew Environmental Group in 2011. The Kermadec Trench is a 1,200 kilometre underwater channel of overlapping tectonic plates north-east of New Zealand, stretching toward Tonga. The site, a migratory path for important species of marine life and abound with mineral rich underwater vents, is regarded as one of the most geologically dynamic yet vulnerable environments on earth.

The title 'Drowning theory' 2011 is reference to the scientific hypothesis that New Zealand was completely submerged by water 23 million years ago. Hall has addressed this proposition by encasing 24 curiously corresponding objects inside a vitrine. On the top shelf stand 12 craggy pieces resembling geological formations. Below and upside down are 12 smooth items representing the beaks of endangered or extinct species of native birds, such as the kiwi, moa, huia, Haast's eagle and kakapo.

Hall's employing of a taxonomic system of classification and display creates a haunting memorial to the origin and demise of the natural world.


Details


Date

2011


Materials used

polyurethane, vitrine


Edition

1/5 + 1 AP


Dimensions

180.0 x 250.0 x 40.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

20.2014.2.a-o


Artist information

Fiona Hall

Works in the collection

80


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jason Smith, Fiona Hall: big game hunting, 'Foreword', pg. 7-8, Bulleen, 2013, 7, 52 (colour illus., detail), 53 (colour illus.), 81.