Elizabeth Welsh – Ringatoi i te Whare 2021
2021 Artist in Residence – Elizabeth Welsh
Elizabeth Welsh at Āwhitu Regional Park.
Elizabeth Welsh is fascinated by wetlands, in particular those of
Āwhitu Regional Park.
As a keen observer, professional wordsmith and poet, she creates evocative and intimate portraits of these ever-evolving habitats.
You can learn more about Elizabeth's residency experience in the following video clip.
full transcript of this video.
Read one of Elizabeth's residency poems below:
sample from a wetland field diary
5am reef herons meander in compulsive watchful arcs over mangroves, gloaming just-visible
7am alien wind, presses, rushes move in slow-tentacular motion; i sense something’s eye near
10am unsettled hum of spring insectivores; sun paints mud-textured pooling water without heat
1pm restiad rushland and reedland margin fills with whisked sand, settles at silken, firm root
5pm saline-junked water fills the main waterway back, back to out-branching fingertips, sipping
8pm no light left; neither slow nor fast nor temperate nor forgetful nor fizzing nor tense nor tired
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