For more than three decades, Elizabeth Thomson’s art has engaged with issues to do with science, imagination, culture and, increasingly, what it means to live in the South Pacific region in the 21st century. 

Her new exhibition, Cellular Memory, presents some of the most seductive and lyrical, yet often perplexing, works produced in New Zealand during that period. The works also speak of such timely concerns as global warming, over-fishing of oceans, pollution and environmental degradation. 

The book of the exhibition, Elizabeth Thomson – Cellular Memory, features images of works from the exhibition and written contributions from 2018 Writers & Readers guests Gregory O’BrienJenny Bornholdt and Lloyd Jones, with a foreword by Susanna Shadbolt. Join the artist and writers at Aratoi – Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in Masterton to launch this new book.

Image: Elizabeth Thomson: Cellular Memory Ii / Fluorescence 2017 (lacquer, cast vinyl on contoured wood panel, 755 x 755 mm).