nature unassisted by art features work by Sarah Munro and Frank Schwere.
Sarah Munro's Trade Items consists of a series of delicately embroidered works that respond to a watercolour and pencil drawing of 'first contact' by Ra'iatea navigator Tupaia in 1769, depicting the exchange of a crayfish for a length of cloth or tapa.
Frank Schwere's photographic series captures Munro during a research expedition to Dusky Sound, working on the shore of Pickersgill Harbour, an anchorage used by Cook's vessel, the Resolution, during his second voyage to New Zealand.
The title of this exhibition is taken from a quote by Georg Forster, a scientist who took part in James Cook's second voyage to the Pacific and refers to his first impressions of Dusky Sound after months at sea without sighting land. " ... we looked upon the country at that time, as the most beautiful which nature, unassisted by art, could produce."
Press release courtesy Page Galleries.