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The panels are made from outdated wallpaper books collaged onto old doors from our local recycled building supplier and the colours represent male and female.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.
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