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.

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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

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

PaintingOh my gahhhhd!!

So last night I had a break through with my self-esteem my miserable companion within myself and painted for 5 owerrsssss

I sat down and asked my intuition what is up how can I stop mentally beating myself into a pulp

Luckily I was sat in front of my desk easel and recently found an artist I really like called Michaël Borremans so got a painting of his out of my sketchbook and just started painting it!

Although I thought I’d hate having music on at the same time as painting it totally works if you’re wanting to paint for a long time, you drift, and surprisingly you can focus more on what you’re doing, or less and just let your body glide. I think it’s proven to be better for learning as well. Check out Improvement Pill’s videos on YouTube.

Another YouTuber that I’ve seen preeeetty much all of her videos is Robin Clonts’, check her out she’s very funny, does art skits, plus tutorials, tips and the like. Her videos helped me get motivated and pretty much pull confidence in myself from seemingly nowhere (I know, it’s inside but seriously when is it ever) (jk inside pls free up) ok.

So I listened to her acrylic tutorials even though I don’t do landscape stuff right now but I’m wanting to do some plein air very soon anyway.

ANYWAY here is my perntern

‘Come Together’ at MetroWest

Celebrating women’s creative contribute to MetroWest Footscray

Install!

Lonnie Holley

Idk why this dumb embed isn’t working but can you please watch Holley’s video All Round the Bend it’s so nice, it captures in the song his belief in divine intervention to create his artwork and that his artwork’s direction really comes from within.

 

Lonnie Holley “Power of a Mother,” Credit Gillian Laub for The New York Times.png
Power of a Mother photographed in the artists Atlanta home by Gillian Gaub for NY Times

Holley is a man of many myths and talents. Born in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama, as the seventh of 27 children, Holley traveled across the South and held a wide array of jobs before making his first artwork at the age of 29.

Well known for his assemblages, Holley incorporates natural and man-made objects into totemic sculptures. Materials such as steel scrap, sandstone, plastic flowers, crosses, and defunct machines commemorate places, people, and events. The exhibition will feature a selection of sculptures and drawings on loan from the artist. In addition to these works, Holley will create site specific installations reflective of the spontaneous and improvisational nature of his creative process.

at Atlanta Contemporary

at Atlanta Contemporary 2

at Atlanta Contemporary 3

Text and following images from Atlanta Contemporary for a solo exhibition titled “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship” at Atlanta Contemporary