With the Antipodes series I continued my interest in how we look and what we see. It was my vision for a possible upside-down place where up is down, and big is small; inside is outside – a place that is strange but also familiar.
Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” pondered what it would be like to fall through the earth. “How funny it’ll seem to come out among people that walk with their heads downwards! The Antipathies, I think –„ (she was rather glad there was no one listening, this time, as it didn’t sound at all the right word) „– but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know. Please Ma’am, is this New Zealand or Australia?“
(antipathy: feeling of intense aversion, dislike, or hostility, Collins English Dictionary)
The antipodes of any place on the Earth is the place that is diametrically opposite it — so situated that a line drawn from the one to the other passes through the centre of the Earth and forms a true diameter.
Australia and New Zealand are commonly referred to as the “Antipodes”.