'Hinterland' lies away from sea and river access. It’s out of the way: few paths lead there, few people pass through. Hinterland II is the sequel to Sandra Schmidt’s 2006 Hinterland show at Wellington's Mary Newton Gallery. The works in that show explored ideas of pressure and friction, heat and fire. The works in this one focus on cool colours, referring to ice and water.
Schmidt produces objects and images by combining different materials to form patterns. Her works comprise small, often identical units, which build up into wall or floor-based installation pieces. Her wall-based works are made from tiny Hama beads, which are manufactured as a children’s craft activity. The beads are built up into coloured shapes and melted together to form hardened backless abstract paintings.