From late August a sense of what is important began. Till now I’ve felt that shift encompass almost all interactions in my internal dialogue and the dialogue with the interacted world. Now alighted is relationships.

From this born smooth flashes of composed forms of influence, pull and impact. Informed only by the feeling and this accumulated impression of importance.

I attempt to paint them now. They are so simple and different to what I thought painting had to be to be interesting. However, there are artists and their works that I can now recall having the gerth I see in such simple use of shape.

I am now directed to Suprematism and the work of Hilma af Klint and the Five.


Ricky Swallow at Buxton Contemporary

Art i$ Homosexual by Juan Davila at Buxton Contemporary
The cutest drop sheet, Footscray community arts centre
Isabel Nuño De Buen – Extracted Segment Orienting Arrow (undetermined) at ACCA (Australian centre for contemporary art)

Some images from a week of weird and unsettled but exciting and fun. It’s cold and hard to not beat myself down for being in bed and missing appointments. Also not sitting at the desk for long. Seeing and comparing is gentler but takes a strong will that lives outside. hard to get when you’re inside.

Matariki on found object

Mata ariki – eyes of God
Mata riki – little eyes

Late May or early June signals the Maori New Year, although some iwi celebrate on the first full moon after their reappearance or the next new moon.

A star cluster you can see yourself following north from Tautoru, Orion’s belt.

Tohunga would predict the harvest from how bright, clear, and warm the cluster was from earth.

Many iwi consider there to be seven, not eight stars in the cluster. They are Matariki and her daughters; Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā, and Ururangi.

Matariki was used by the voyaging crews to guide them across the Pacific.

Gladly going to the beach the past 8 weekends has restored my spirit to homely memories and created new healthy cycles with the one I love.

The sweet cold is now in the air and I am wearing pants to bed. It’s 8° in the mornings now.

Building routines is a matter of adjustment and is somewhat uncomfortable. Spouts of mania and depression characterise first, trying to build atop of that is definitely tricky. Small moments of glee or peace are the shimmers of life.

This is a painting that’s now sitting slashed on my bedroom floor.

I had a funny making art day that left me with then without a sculpture and when I went to get more adhesive, a slashed canvas not by my own hand… Still inspired by the day though.

RIP ‘spirit of the earth’ you will be reborn… Soon

Pao Houa Her at Midway Contemporary Art — Contemporary Art Daily

Artist: Pao Houa Her Venue: Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Exhibition Title: My grandfather turned into a tiger Date: February 10 – April 7, 2018 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Press Release: Pao Houa Her’s exhibition at Midway, My grandfather turned…

via Pao Houa Her at Midway Contemporary Art — Contemporary Art Daily

Just kinda been cruising collecting images of small contemporary Maori sculptural pieces and body adornments to inform my practice with found material sculpture…
Realising that my sculptural work has become a priority, more seriously than painting and printmaking at the moment which wasn’t what I expected. I feel that it is pulling me in.

This year started not as expected. So this whole year is going to follow suit and what I learn now is going to set me up for a long haul of uncertainty in arts practice.

Anyway, all artwork and information was found at Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver Canada. The artists name’s are linked to their artists profile on the website where more artwork can be found. I’ve provided the information pertaining to the work written by the artist.

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Ian-Wayne Grant, Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane, Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa

Tāku Toa • My Warrior Spirit

“Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi”
“My warrior spirit is not mine alone”
“Engari takimano nō āku tūpuna”
“But derives from many… from my ancestors”
“Te mana, te wehi, te tapu me te ihi”
“The authority, the awe, the sacredness and the reverence”
“I heke mai kia ahau nō āku tūpuna”
“Descends upon me… from my ancestors”


Toitu Te Whenua • The Land Will Always Remain

  • Medium: tōtarapāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 52.5 × 7.75 × 3.75 inches

“This sculptural piece reflects the vital role we play as kaitiaki or custodian of our environment and how we should continue to protect and preserve the natural resources that are important to us all. The pouwhenua (a long hand staff used as both a weapon and a land marker) highlights the fact that our own actions and needs have led us to our present situation and it is a timely reminder of our own vulnerability while the enduring strength and the permanence of Papatuanuku or the land will always remain.”

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Stacy Gordine, Ngati Porou

Tekoteko — Tipuna Wahine

“This is a continuation of an evolving series paying tribute to nga mana wahine o Ngāti Porou. A study of figure carving in the round. Tipuna wears adornments of a moko kauae (chin tattoo), kapeu ear pendants and pekapeka pendant. Wheku mask and hands protectively holding pregnant belly refer to fertility and potential of women to bear offspring and future generations.”


Hei Tiki (Wahine)

Hei Tiki (Wahine)

  • Medium: bone (cattle), horn (goat)
  • Size: 3 × 1.5 inches


Waharoa • Gateway

  • Medium: bone (cattle), horn (goat), maire base (ironwood)
  • Size: 7.5 × 4.25 × 2 inches (incl. base)

“Miniature carved Waharoa (Gateway) depicting Matariki (the Pleiades star cluster) in humanoid form, surrounded by her six daughters: Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi. I have tried to depict this in East Coast style both in the figures and surface patterning. This is the second in this series of gateways, the first depicting Iwi-rakau was purchased by the Pataka Museum in Porirua New Zealand for their public collection.”

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Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

Karanga Manu • Call of the Bird

“Karanga manu, the call of the bird, the call to greet the dawn,
the call to greet your (manuhiri) visitors, the call that acknowledges
the ancestors to join together with your guests as one.”

Moko Kauae • Woman_s Chin Tattoo Pendant

Moko Kauae • Woman’s Chin Tattoo Pendant

  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade)
  • Size: 1.75 × 1.75 inches


Te Tangi o te Pīpīwharauroa • The Song of the Shining Cuckoo

“We look at the connection between two cultures and two elements brought together by the simple Pīpīwharauroa, Shining Cuckoo. The Pīpīwharauroa lays its eggs in Aotearoa and returns to Russia for their summer months. The female form pays tribute to Waitaiki, the prominent ancestress of pounamu. A variety of pounamu is named after this well-travelled bird due to its resemblance in colour, bringing together air and water.”


Waka Wairua • Spirit Vessel

  • Medium: glass (blown), pounamu (New Zealand jade)
  • Size: 15 × 6 × 4.5 inches (excl. base)

“Part of the “Wrestling with Spirits” catalogued exhibition shown at the Hastings City Art Gallery, New Zealand and curated by Sandy Adsett.

Waka Wairua (Spirit Vessel) acknowledges important people that have passed away whether they are loved ones or people of significant stature. It is personal to the owners of the vessel as it acknowledges people that are important to them. This sculpture form acknowledges all their spirits which are treasures that we all hold dearly.”


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Kerry Kapua Thompson, Ngāti Paoa