Kia ora everyone,
Hope you are all safe and well and enjoying your week so far. What a great weekend it was catching up with family and attending big birthdays and farewells on both my mothers and fathers side over that period and I got to spend some time with my Papa out the village in Patutahi. Funny how to the artwoks featuring in this blog are about this area my dads side and the connection to Manutuke both through my mothers side and history long before their time.
The last blog I wrote was my inspiration on getting these Turapa done. They had been planned a long time before that but the Te Wharau project gave me even more inspiration to get these done and my fingers had already been warmed up when it came time to bind these rows and designs. The one on left bearing the ‘Patikitiki’ design and the other ‘Kaokao’- Symbols of the time these stories came from – Living off the Land – Colonisation and Changes to Te Ao Maori – Te Ao Hou.(The Maori World – The New World).
The picture above is after our CSW exhibition of 2014 at Toihoukura. While the two pictures below show a close up better view of my Contemporary take on Tukutuku.
The one on the left entitled: ‘Oho mai’- Wake Up and the one on right is ‘Maranga mai’ – Rise Up. These pieces are currently on loan to Tirohia Gallery at Kaiti Mall. Below is a brief overview of each piece.
|Te Whanau-a-Kai, Ruapani, Rongowhakaata|
Oho mai – Wake Up
|Medium: Wood, Acrylic, Kiekie, Harakeke & ShellacPrice: POA|
|Kaupapa: This artwork is a reflection of Mana Wahine and pays tribute to my main marae on my fathers side, Rongopai – (the Truth) in the valley of Waituhi/ Patutahi as well as the connection of the area to my mothers side through history, events and influencial people of the past – like Te Kooti & Wi Pere. Te Whare ‘Rongopai’ is the main influence of this set through both the adaptions of imagery and colours from the front of the house – acknowledging an important time in history – when our tupuna (ancestors) stood up for what they believed in – for The Love of People, Land, Women, Peace & God.|
Maranga mai – Rise Up
The last image was taken when artworks were a part of the Mana Turanga Exhibition at Tirohia Gallery in Kaiti Mall – Invited by Exhibiting Artist Mana Keefe and Mania Potaka. The Contemporary designed Tukutuku ‘Oho mai’ & ‘Maranga mai’ are displayed here with ‘Mana Wahine’ (photo images) and headpiece of ‘Patupaiarehe’ dress – Cult Couture 2014.
Hope you enjoyed. Thanks for reading.