Te Ihorei

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāi Tahu, 2019


The Work

“Ngā punga o mua, o muri”

These two punga – anchor stones – are depicted firstly in a more traditional natural form with flow and curves as the stone dictates, and secondly in a more constructed form (block cut stone). The natural form is from the bottom of the south, and the second from the top of the south, a juxtaposition of styles and source. I have offset the wrap on the D’Urville Island pakohe so that the design is offset to throw an imbalance, across the grain, disregarding the structure of the raw material used. While it has been fashioned on most surfaces, its always nice to show what it would have looked like in its natural state, hence the untouched ends.


The Medium

It’s not my norm; I enjoy diversifying and displaying whakairo through a variety of different material.


The Inspiration

Too many to name. Inspiration has come from tutors, peers, colleagues, fellow NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute graduates from the 70s and 80s, who strive for excellence


The Art – what does it mean to the Artist?

Its a way of connecting us to heritage, tupuna, whānau, and land.


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