I was invited by Iwi Toi Kahungunu to submit work for a group exhibition at MTG, Napier this year. I have been a guest in this land of Kahungunu for the last 15 years, and it is in this place that my creativity has been able to develop, and learning of my culture has begun. My work revolves around landscape, cultural pattern and identity and continues to be influenced by the connections I make here in Te Matau a Maui.
The landscape here is so different to where I come from in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The colours, the forms of the hills, the waterways, the moana, the people. This work responds to the landscape, in particular the awa, braided pathways that glisten and meander within their manmade boundaries.
The panels are upcycled wooden venetian blinds, the pattern is Ahuriri summer but on the vertical - here it becomes the braided river pathway (3rd from the right). The exhibition won the Resene Colour award, well done Sandy Adsett and his mastery of colour.