On my last noho marae for my level2 certificate Māori Course we heard the creation story in a way I have never heard it before. It's difficult to describe in words, incredibly it was as if our storyteller took us there, I could smell the nothing, then the beginning, I could feel the pain of Ranginui and Papatūānuku, I could taste the emotions of the brothers arguing, I could see Tane-Mahuta seperate his parents. Not long into the story, I found I could no longer sit up, and as I opened my eyes to lie down I saw that everyone else was in the same deep trance.
For this course, I now have to make a pukapuka (book) of the creation story all in te reo. These prints are an attempt to try and express the primal experience of hearing the story and will become the backgrounds for the kupu and illustrations pukapuka.
(Monoprint with laser cut collographs of Diatom images onto old atlas pages)