53 DEGREES SOUTH
Exhibition by Annette
February 2015, I went on a voyage to the forgotten islands of the Sub –
Antarctic to experience the power of nature, pure and uncut.
free of invasive and introduced species, including humans, their wilderness is
fiercely guarded by the animals, birds and flora that thrive there.
symbolism of crossing the unkempt Southern Ocean to get there is not lost on
the traveller – It is like running a gauntlet and crossing a threshold, then
disappearing down the rabbit hole.
beaches are patrolled by thousands of fur seals, penguins, petrels, shearwaters
and black backed gulls. Clinging to the wind lashed ground are massive tussocks
and Mega Herbs, succulent flowers that are so surreal and beautiful, it is like
wading through a dreamscape.
it was the wandering albatross with their 4 metre wingspans that most
mesmerized me. The mythical bird that haunts the poet and seduces the sailor.
It is a knowing bird, innately connected to the wind, the currents, the ocean
and the weather that dictates its world.
Campbell Islands, I watched them soar into the valleys to find their
nesting mate, communicating, playing together, surfing the
wind. I sat beside the stillness of the
giant lone nesters, whose calm resembled a Buddha where the only movement was
their snow white feathers blowing in the wind and their deep blinking eyes.
was a rare glimpse into a parallel world, a great and unforgettable privilege.
exhibition is my homage to the soul of the albatross.