Torbay tī kōuka

Tī kōuka is Cordyline australis, the New Zealand cabbage tree.

Torbay tī kōuka (2011) effectively critiques a form of ‘ecological colonialism’, contrasting the tree’s natural wetland habitat with its adopted home in the south-west of England. Widely planted through the twentieth century to create a ‘tropical effect’ at popular holiday destinations, the tree is now so closely associated with the south-west that many residents think it is native to the region.

All images are colour or monochrome pigment prints, dimensions varying from 30 x 40 cm to 69 x 150 cm.

Torbay tī kōuka is a sub-project of Bio Borders.

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