This panel was made to support the pou Tawhiri-matea, and the reference it contains to the wind is the blind itself - it opens and closes and the wind can pass through it, and shift everything around. The pattern turns upside down when you turn the blind.
The design on this blind was initially inspired by an artwork by Robyn Kahukiwa that is in U Kai Po, the womens whare at Tapu Te Ranga Marae, and how our young host, Pare, spoke of the triangle design in the painting. She spoke of the triangle as a symbol of strength, and in that context, a symbol of the strength of women. Here the pattern speaks of the strength of Papatuanuku, our earth mother.
The triangle pattern here is a little out of balance - nature is also out of balance and perhaps Tawhiri-matea reminds us of this when he stirs up a storm.
Whilst making this pattern I searched for similar colours - these triangles are all cut from a Readers Digest Atlas, and the colours on these maps represent altitude. With global warming affecting our weather and sea levels, altitude could well be the strength of the future. The pink areas are below sea level, the highest areas are a purple-brown colour, the greens and browns middle altitudes, and the blue is the sea. More images on my gallery page.
The Poutama I & II panels with Papatuanuku and Ranginui by Emanuel Dunn, in our installation ātahirā near the entrance to the Hastings City Art Gallery.
Here they greet the visitors to the Gallery. Poutama is a pattern that often symbolises learning and achievement. What can we learn from stories of Rangi and Papa?
Why are they always honoured with great importance and utmost respect Te Ao Māori? The parents, the mother and father, we are tied to them through whakapapa; from the earth and the sky comes life.
Do we value this knowledge today? Do we treat our earth and sky as if they were our kin? Can we re-learn these values? Will these values ever again be core to our everyday life.
The panels are made from outdated wallpaper books collaged onto old doors from our local recycled building supplier and the colours represent male and female. The bright colours in the panels bring attention to the importance of whom they support, and while this brighter panel had been brewing in my imagination for a while, this Pou, this exhibition and the neighbouring works of Reuben Paterson is the situation they were waiting for to be created.