At the edges is where a colony is vulnerable but also where its most likely to grow and multiply.
In this way Colony is a geometric wall relief made from like repeated parts arranged together for strength, protection and support. The rare Kauri Pine used in the work was felled in the mid 1800’s in New Zealand, made into rum vats in Sydney at Pyrmont Distillery in 1890, and salvaged in the early 1990’s.
Traces of the timber’s past have been kept within Colony. Some panels still have the rum visible in their surface; appearing as darker lines and shades. The rum soaked staves wafted of rum as they were machined and cut to reveal the patterned end grain of the Kauri. Waterson worked with a with a highly skilled artisan to realise this work.
Photography by Jon Linkins