Title: "Rapanga Te Iti Kahurangi"
Year Made: 2019 Medium: Native timber & Acrylic Paint
Rapanga Te Iti Kahurangi was created to symbolise and reflect the importance of Hoe. Hoe were used not only for propalleing waka forward yet to steer the waka in the right direction of journey. In this case Rapanga Te Iti Kahurangi, is symbolic of lifes journey in this modern world of pursuing and striving for quality and excellence.
My main forte of art is moko, yet I do dable in other mediums like on this instance native timber. So to me being me and being a tutu is awesome as your never restricted to one thing, and you're forever challengeing and encouraging yourself to explore and be creative.
I've been lucky to have had an upbringing surround by whakairo and moko. My father Jack Brooking (Whakairo), Whangai father Mark Kopua (Whakairo/Moko) & Uncle Derek Lardelli (Moko/Multimedium) have all been great influences and continue to support and encourage me to this day with mahi toi.
The Art – what does this mean to the Artist?
Maori Art means the world to me, if not for maori art and te ao maori in general I would not be who I am today.
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