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Visions of Zealandia – an art exhibition by Judi Miller

Press Release – Zealandia

Imagine a verdant valley overflowing with native birds and plants because they’re protected from introduced predators; an oasis in a modern city; a chance to reconnect with what we’ve lost – and you get a glimpse of the Zealandia Vision. In Judi’s exhibition at the EcoSanctuary, she is presenting work from three series that explore this vision:

• “Birds of a feather” where the striking and subtle colours of the rare and endangered birds that live at ZEALANDIA are celebrated in a series of painterly portraits. From the shy kākā kura to the stately tūī, each bird is already a work of art.

• “Visions of ZEALANDIA” where she illustrates the struggle for wild birds adapting to living in a modern biophilic city and the vision of taking 500 years to restore the pre-human ecosystem – the length of time it takes for the forest canopy to recover to maturity.

• “Flights of fancy” where imagination takes over and roles are reversed – what would the curious and intelligent kākā parrots do in a post-human world?

In her images she 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.

For many years Judi has advocated for New Zealand’s birds through writing and photography, and she is currently volunteer convener for both the “Storyteller” and “Kākā nestbox monitoring” teams at ZEALANDIA.

The exhibiton is on for the month of June, with sales supporting ZEALANDIA’s conservation work. Two works: “Visions of Zealandia” and “An Urban Jungle”, are exclusive to ZEALANDIA in limited editions of five.

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