Shelley Jacobson at The Keep

Shelley Jacobson
Surface Expressions

26 February – 14 March 2015

Opening and book launch: 6–8pm, 26 February

Artist Shelley Jacobson will be launching a new series of photographs and an accompanying book, both entitled Surface Expressions, at K’Road project space The Keep on Thursday 26 February.

Surface Expressions is a study of the Wairakei geothermal area in the central North Island. It draws attention to the region’s unique natural features and to the human forces that have formed its current state.

Victorian-era Wairakei was a world renowned and exotic geothermal tourist destination. In the mid-twentieth century it was radically transformed by its conversion to a site for generating electricity. Through this intervention, the underlying geothermal system was irrevocably altered: the spectacular Geyser Valley was extinguished; the steaming craters of Karapiti were revealed. More recently, a man-made geyser has come to accompany the power station in this disrupted landscape.

The photographs in Surface Expressions offer glimpses of the land forms of Wairakei today. The publication takes a wider view, incorporating found text dating from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. These newspaper clippings, advertising materials and Trip Advisor ratings speak in the vernacular of their respective times and frame social ideas and expectations of tourist attractions.

The Keep is the open studio and concept store of fashion designer Lela Jacobs. This setting allows customers to be involved with the design and construction process and offers them the opportunity to take home the finished product. The Keep works closely with the local artistic community and hosts a schedule of art, design and craft exhibitions.

Shelley Jacobson is an Auckland-based artist. She graduated with an MFA from Massey University Wellington in 2009 and a Diploma of Publishing from Whitireia New Zealand in 2012. In her work Shelley is interested primarily in cultural geography. She maintains a research-based practice focused on this area. Shelley is involved with PhotoForum New Zealand’s publishing programme, most recently guest editing a double issue of its members’ magazine.

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