Sally Tagg - Contemporary New Zealand Photographer Sally Tagg - Contemporary New Zealand Photographer   Sally Tagg - Contemporary New Zealand Photographer
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 from the
NZ garden" and "On Top Down Under" a book of portraits in collaboration
with writer Witi Ihimaera. Her love of botanical images is longstanding
and in her art, Tagg has taken these images into another dimension. She
has exhibited in galleries in the USA, the UK and New Zealand.

'PARADISE REGAINED' draws together her interest in botanical images and
the symbols of life, death and spirituality that gives meaning to peoples
lives. "I like layering images and bringing together seemingly disparate
objects to create a new common thread, I'm always trying to capture the
things that cant be seen"

Recent journeys to Japan, Spain and Italy provided rich additions to her
work. Places of worship, feminine images of divinity, cemeteries and
gardens all find a place within Tagg's vision.

'Kyoto Rewa Rewa Bosatsu' brings together Bosatsu, a female embodiment of
Budda overlaid with images of rose petals, a christian image and the dried

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 made a
pilgrimage to El Rocio in Andalucia where there was a shrine to Paloma
Blanca (the Virgin of the White Dove) and the rose was lying in the dust
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 on the
mundane, in 'NZ Ennominae' the moths seem to be flying yet are pinned in
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 perfection
or layering images of flowers with ancient statues the perspective is
uniquely her own. "I'm always looking for ways to transcend the form,"
says Tagg, "I guess I'm making meaning from traditional images."

< Back to Image Gallery