In Toi Ahua, group exhibition by Iwi Toi Kanugnugnu, MTG Napier
Nov 2019 – Aug 2020
Laser cut Plywood and stains, 1212 x 1212mm
“atua of the winds, clouds, rain, hail, snow and storms, he was one of the offspring of Rangi-nui and Papa-tū-ā-nuku who did not want his parents separated”.
While making this work I was thinking of our rangatahi, and the challenges they face when transitioning into adulthood in today’s world. For some, there is a very real struggle with this change and they resist it, seeking ways to stay in the safe and comfortable zone nurtured by their parents. Tāwhirimātea was outvoted by his brother’s and he still protests today, stirring up the weather - the spiral shapes in this work push and pull, and swirl like the wind.
My patterns are intuitive responses to our traditional patterns - emerging in this work are elements of takarangi spiral (which is sometimes used to represent the light coming into the world when the earth and sky were separated) along with patiki (diamond patterns of the flounder, referencing the constellation, ecology and abundance in providing for everyone). Also appropriately, a bird form emerged within the pattern.