Residing and working in Auckland, New Zealand.
Samantha's work employs the forms of Aotearoa's native bush to explore the inner terrain of memory and personal experience.
Exploring the natural world through a limited palette and layered approach provides an opportunity for introspection. A shadowy wilderness to examine experiences of isolation or estrangement. A cluster of trees, limbs twisting in a silent fight for space and light, evokes associations with the human body and symbolizes the intricacies of navigating personal relationships.
Samantha’s figures are not contained within, nor removed from their environment, but are otherworldly apparitions. They are dreamlike “characters”, mental projections for processing the mind's thoughts and stories. This is a realm in which light shimmers through branch and body alike. Whether from the moon, the sun, or some other source, illumination is the constant, bringing to light the vast tonal variety that can be found in one color, one leaf, one life.
DR Photography - Best Editorial
DR Photography - Best Portrait
PHY Journal - Best Series Nominee
Strand - Group Exhibition
Cafe Otto - Group Exhibition
Mirador Gallery - Group Exhibition