2020, Footpath Fossils

My work documents exposed urban stratigraphy. I look for layers that aren’t meant to be seen. Curbside ruins. Crumbled footpaths. Potholes. These layers are visible histories of life/nonlife entangled within the ground. I interpret these small moments in our urban landscape as interruptions to capitalist strategies. Mythically and metaphorically rich, the ground provides us with…

2019, Unearthing Alternative Futures

Geologists confirm today that strata of the earth are indeed graveyards, keepers of history, and have been in existence for billions of years. Enormous rock masses pushed high up above the surface of the ocean as fast as they are being worn down. But nothing will remain on the surface of the planet in one…

2019, Found, early decadence era

I propose a fictional temporality. My work models our attempts to understand our present by looking back from an imagined future. The earth-interior is a trove of strata. These strata are the keepers of history, weaving eras and stories of past landscapes. Still, they are geologically impermanent, continually in motion – a motion which plays…

2018, Professionals Evening, Elam B, Auckland University

The direction in my work aims to pitch alternative narratives and image worlds that seek to counter 21st-century economic conditions. Over the last year my work has included video and digital imaging and sampling hybridising times and spaces, creating futures plural. These works all respond to aspects of the world in which we live. They…

2018, ‘Soothsayer’, installation documentation

The gentle, calming nature of this work establishes a contrast with the severity of social and environmental realities today. A meditative kaleidoscopic loop of destruction aims to scale potential future outcomes into a series of digestible alternative offerings. This video work slowly crushes folded paper ‘fortune tellers’; cootie catchers, chatterboxes, whirlybirds or paku-paku. Hand folded…

2018 ‘Future Fossils’ Grey Gallery, Auckland

For this exhibition I have tracked significant sites. Places significant to me - nothing grand, just places I frequent regularly in my daily life or that I frequent often in memory. I’ve taken rubbings from these places. The footpath at my library, the gravel outside my studio, the tarseal in front of my home, the…

2014, Project Installation – Corner Window curated by Rob Garrett, Auckland

“Considering the way our visual field is daily under a media assault, the artist wishes to create alternatives which offer retreat and respite from daily life. Believing in the cathartic influence and potential of abstraction, Tozer’s project for Corner was devised to create “a portal to the fluid and private dream space” of the willing…