"PARADISE REGAINED" EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
Sally Tagg has worked as a photographic artist in New
Zealand since the
early 80s, and produced several books; including "Eden- Flowers
NZ garden" and "On Top Down Under" a book of portraits
with writer Witi Ihimaera. Her love of botanical images is longstanding
and in her art, Tagg has taken these images into another dimension.
has exhibited in galleries in the USA, the UK and New Zealand.
'PARADISE REGAINED' draws together her interest in botanical
the symbols of life, death and spirituality that gives meaning
lives. "I like layering images and bringing together seemingly
objects to create a new common thread, I'm always trying to capture
things that cant be seen"
Recent journeys to Japan, Spain and Italy provided rich additions
work. Places of worship, feminine images of divinity, cemeteries
gardens all find a place within Tagg's vision.
'Kyoto Rewa Rewa Bosatsu' brings together Bosatsu, a female embodiment
Budda overlaid with images of rose petals, a christian image and
Rewa Rewa blossoms of New Zealand. "It's a kind of alchemy...creating
something new using the energies and images from these very different
'Seville Christ- El Rocio Rose' shows an image of crucified Christ
overlaid with a rose. The later has significance in that Tagg
pilgrimage to El Rocio in Andalucia where there was a shrine to
Blanca (the Virgin of the White Dove) and the rose was lying in
outside. She photographed it where it lay and in this work, joins
masculine and feminine images of Christianity.
Her images of New Zealand also embody this sense of meaning imposed
mundane, in 'NZ Ennominae' the moths seem to be flying yet are
place, "They are so beautiful, but there is a sacrificial
element" says Tagg.
Whether she's taking a close look at a single bloom in all it's
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or layering images of flowers with ancient statues the perspective
uniquely her own. "I'm always looking for ways to transcend
says Tagg, "I guess I'm making meaning from traditional images."