Graduated (Hon.) in Sculpture – Otago Art School
Feeling States of Home I and Feeling States of Home II – 2015, Christchurch
Harakeke and ink on paper, 45 x 58 cm
I have been working with harakeke since I was introduced to it in my late teens, and was very fortunate to later meet and work under some of Aotearoa’s top weavers. I pay particular tribute to Heeni Kerekere, Erenora Puketapu Hetet, and Emily Schuster. From these dedicated and talented women I learned about respect for another culture,the environment, and most especially,for a plant. This has continued to informed my practice. I graduated with honors in Sculpture from Otago Art School in my early 30’s, making large installations with waste plastics, discarded wire and beach detritus. However my love of natural materials drew me back to harakeke, and I have been developing a sculptural language of my own since then in this medium. The harakeke used in these works comes from my own Pa Harakeke, and the varieties used are Tapamangu and Awahou.
Our cultures have a changing relationship with nature, both the “nature” within us, and us as a part of nature. In these works, both the installation and the prints, I have considered ideas around Home. My own body as my home, house and home, territory and home ground, rootedness. Connectedness with Nature. We were certainly affected by the earthquakes as the ground became less dependable, Home became less safe and secure. Our relationship with even the idea of Nature continues to be altered.
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