Tāmaki Innovation Campus


by Andrew Drummond

Bronze, slate

Andrew Drummond was born in Nelson and trained at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada, returning to New Zealand in 1976. He has since become one of New Zealand’s best known and most widely exhibited sculptors. He lives in Christchurch and lectures in sculpture at the University of Canterbury.

First known for highly ritualised performance pieces which explored analogies between the human body and the natural environment (e.g. Filter Action, 1980), Drummond later turned to elaborate installation pieces, such as Images from Another Archaeology, a work which occupied three separate rooms at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1989-90. It is from a drawing inscribed on one of the slate pieces in this installation that Headland was later developed.

The title and form of Headland connect it to both the landscape and the human body; it also has technological connotations, resembling in shape parts of a ship or aircraft. The work generates part of its meaning from the contrast, in shape, colour, texture and materials, between the brilliantly polished bronze and the jagged pieces of slate which for the pediment. Like all Drummond’s art Headland has no single meaning but invites a range of readings and responses according to whatever the viewer brings to the work.