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2005
Rahurahu

7th – 19th March, Spiral Gallery, Auckland.

The Spaces Between
Indian Ink on Arches Watercolour Paper. Sold.
Mandala
Indian Ink on Arches Watercolour Paper. Sold.
Union
Indian Ink on Canvas. Sold.
Koru Spiral
Indian Ink on Canvas. Available.
Moth to a Flame
Indian Ink on Canvas. Collection of the Artist.
Whakapapa
Indian Ink & Acrylic on Canvas. Sold.
Fish Hook
Indian Ink & Acrylic on Canvas. Sold.
Merge
Indian Ink & Acrylic on Canvas. Sold.
Te Henga
Indian Ink & Acrylic on Canvas. Sold.
Flower of Life
Indian Ink & Acrylic on Mat Board. Sold.
Rain at Te Henga
Indian Ink on Canvas. Available.
The Twisted Path
Indian Ink on Canvas. Sold.
Wahine
Indian Ink on Arches Watercolour Paper. Sold.
Rahurahu
Graphite on Arches Watercolour Paper. Available.
Fire Angel
Graphite on Arches Watercolour Paper. Available.
Monarch
Doll, Paper Mache, Printed Paper, Oil Paint. Sold.
Blossom Screen
Two Sided Folding Screen. Bamboo Intaglio Plates, Oil Paint, Gold Leaf & Indian Ink. Collection of the Artist.
Portrait
Oil & Indian Ink on Canvas.
Watcher in the Woods
Bamboo Intaglio Print. Sold.
The Clearing
Bamboo Intaglio Print with Indian Ink. Sold.
Moments in the Bush 1
Bamboo Intaglio Print. Sold.
Moments in the Bush II
Bamboo Intaglio Print. Sold.
Te Henga - Bright Day
Watercolour & Indian Ink on Arches Watercolour Paper. Sold.
Te Henga - Purple Sunset
Watercolour & Indian Ink on Arches Watercolour Paper. Sold.
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Strength and whakapapa can be symbolised through the continually unfolding form of the koru.   As a symbol taken from nature, the koru represents a holistic approach to identity and personal development and can be interpreted as an expression of the infinite possibilities of time and circumstance. 

 

Hard-edged and tightly interwoven, the pen and ink images in ‘Rahurahu’ are intensely organic, expanding outwards in interlacing patterns similar to the myriad strands of a fern. These overlap, dominate and are dominated by their surroundings representing the complex interaction of relationships and choices in our unfolding lives.

 

These elaborate black and white images contrast highly with the softness and simplicity of a series of pencil renderings which develop the portrait through the use of the koru to talk of contemplation and a connection with ancestry and the past.

 

The juxtaposition within the gallery space of these two sets of images portrays the physicality and complexity of our corporeal bodies overlaid with the emotional awareness of our lives as another link on the ever expanding chain of relationships and experiences which we are all a part of.

The Spaces Between

Indian Ink on Arches Watercolour Paper. Sold.