Nat Tozer

Tidelines and Islands (2024)

14 min 57 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Silent

A family photo album unintentionally left to the elements on a basement floor.

Decay is accelerated and the potent force of decomposition is visibly revealed and captured mid-process, colours and memories leaching. The affects of decay, not usually acceptable in art or archival objects, are instead celebrated as fundamental participants in rampant, leaky ecologies.The productive womb of the ground composes and decomposes.

Ecology comes from the Greek word oikos, for household, home, place to live. The family album, and its documentation of happy times in a home in rural 1970s New Zealand, shares a glimpse into what memories might be preserved from two generations ago: marriages, grandchildren, the clock, car, visitors, an exotic tree. Lying with the ground, its memories seep back into the earth.

Everything is cyclical; seasons, generations, journeys.

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