Hugh Cargill at Vital Transformations Mauri Ora
Blue Hope 2015,
Plywood and acrylic paint
The pattern on this work is based on those seen on the Napoleon wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), a large charismatic tropical reef fish first encountered by the artist while scuba diving many years ago. The initial drawing was intended as a design for relief carving in stone and is part of an ongoing exploration of pattern in the natural world. He is intrigued by patterns which provide a glimpse of the underlying order of the universe. Blue Hope evokes personal memories of the sensation of immersion in the ocean, where the perception of phenomena such as light, gravity and sound are altered by the experience of being underwater.
This simple balancing hemisphere was originally intended to carry a relief-carved motif. However as the intricate internal fabric of the stone was revealed during the process of shaping, it was decided that any further embellishment was unnecessary.
“Lithosphere” represents hundreds of millions of years of evolution of the rocks that make up the continent of Zealandia.
This serpentinite is from the Pounamu Ultramafic Belt and is thought to have originated as a sliver of ancient oceanic crust that was incorporated into Gondwana during subduction. It has been dismembered and transformed over time by cycles of metamorphism and deformation, eventually reaching the Earth’s surface.
Hugh grew up in New Plymouth. He has had an interest in science and the natural world for as long as he can remember. He has a Master’s Degree in Geology. The main focus of Hugh’s art practice is stone sculpture. He feels a special affinity for Taranaki andesite, which he regards as a gift from Mount Taranaki. Hugh is actively involved in environmental projects and is particularly interested in the restoration of indigenous habitats and the protection of native species.