Roberta Thornley

My Head On Your Heart

09 June - 04 July 2020

As part of the 2020 Auckland Festival of Photography we are pleased to present a suite of six new images by Roberta Thornley in the Office Gallery.

“Mum’s waiting to get an angioplasty procedure. I picture a tiny balloon filling her arteries. I imagine the surgeon sitting bent over with pursed lips, trying to blow it up. Have you ever tried blowing up a water balloon? They are small and difficult and your lungs feel like they will burst and your cheeks turn to stone before you can finish. Whose breath will be in my mother’s veins?

I always feel sad seeing a balloon floating away in the sky.

The only thing to lighten my thoughts is to think of it landing in the backyard of a home where children live. I picture them joyfully punching and kicking it around the garden, watching it shrivelling and shrinking into nothing. But don’t let me think about that balloon sailing over the house of a child and not stopping. To burst alone in a sunset, on a wave, in the middle of the ocean.”

Roberta Thornley, 2020

Exhibition Photography by Kallan MacLeod

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Roberta Thornley
My Head on your Heart
2020
archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag
750mm H x 1000mm W
Edition: 3 + 1 AP

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Roberta Thornley
Pink Balloon and Floss
2020
archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag
880mm H x 660mm W
Edition: 3 + 1 AP

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Roberta Thornley
Silver Balloon
2020
archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag
660mm H x 880mm W
Edition: 3 + 1 AP

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Roberta Thornley
Two Black Balloons
2020
archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag
880mm H x 660mm W
Edition: 3 + 1 AP

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Roberta Thornley
Red Balloons and Knotted String
2020
archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag
880mm H x 660mm W
Edition: 3 + 1 AP

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Roberta Thornley
Green and Blue Balloons
2020
archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag
880mm H x 660mm W
AP ONLY AVAILABLE

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Roberta Thornley
My Head on your Heart
June 2020
Installation View

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Roberta Thornley
My Head on your Heart
June 2020
Installation View

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Roberta Thornley
My Head on your Heart
June 2020
Installation View

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Roberta Thornley
My Head on your Heart
June 2020
Installation View