“Pūtaringamotu is a stand of original Kahikatea swamp forest, a rare remnant of what once covered large parts of the Canterbury Plains.
Contained within the boundaries of Christchurch it is now a conservation area surrounded by predator – free fencing, ensuring protection to the native birds and insects, along with titoki, horopito, kōtukuku, tōtara, miro, mātai, rimu, kānuka, kāmahi, ti kōuka, mamuku, nikau and many others.
Pūtaringamotu, The Severed Ear, is a metaphor acknowledging the area as part of a once much greater body of forest.”
Michael Reed, 2021
Michael Reed is an artist who works with a range of media.
Much of his work is aligned with the long history of printmaking as a vehicle for social and political comment. The versatility of print provides him with the opportunity to mix old and new media and materials in a variety of formats and scales, both traditional and non-traditional. This has resulted in an ongoing series of works on paper and textile, along with a variety of works that reference the heritage of the medal.
Since 1999 he has worked on a number of collaborative print projects with artists from Australia, Austria, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, USA, and New Zealand.