This house was once a forest
What once was, and what remains
Using darkroom chemistry to develop photographs of virgin Kauri forest at Puketi onto polished Kauri, this series work gently mourns the loss of Aotearoa’s indigenous forests during the process of colonisation and industrialisation. With each piece, I pay homage to their memory, and the ghosts of what once was.
Hannah Rose Arnold's photographs document the physical and social landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand with gentle nostalgia. She treats her subjects with a sense of curiosity and grace, born of a transient nature.
Arnold's ongoing practice draws links between the physical and psychological spaces in which we dwell - exploring themes of faith, trauma, redemption and sense of place, through a variety of mediums. Arnold is interested in storytelling, folklore and the complex social and environmental histories of this land. Her work is informed by colonial history, a rambling upbringing and a deep concern for, and connection with, the environment.