With the smaller Cardrona River Rocks works, Shannon’s work incorporates hundreds of immaculately rendered stones. As individual artworks, the installation can be singular, or collective, with each space determining the quantity and configuration. This project is a continuation of work regarding concerns for the rivers of Aotearoa New Zealand, beginning with the artist’s “Dry Riverbed” 2019 Elam Graduate Show.
The Cardrona River begins at the Crown Range and continues to flow through the Cardrona Valley. Once full of life and swimming holes, a part of the river now dries up every summer due to overallocation of permits. The permits for drawing water from this river were issued over 100 years ago in the days of gold mining. The permits are due to expire this year.
“I 'borrowed' the nineteen rocks from Cardrona River to make moulds. This process allows me to create a replica and the actual rocks were then returned to where they were found.”
To help support Shannon’s family’s new animal sanctuary “Kind Farm” in the Cardrona Valley, $5 from the sale of each Cardrona River Rock will be donated to directly help care for the animals.