What inspires your art practice?
Connection to the land, majesty of nature and a fascination with themes universal to ‘first nation’ cultures; these are the greatest influences on my work. I have spent extended periods living in my Nanna’s (Taranaki- Ngati Ruanui) part of the country, with the majestic Maunga Taranaki ever-present, and in Ireland where I discovered ancient inspirational art themes. I now call Waiheke Island home where myself, my wife Karle and our son Te Kōmako and daughter Tūī, can be close to their whānau.
What materials do you work in?
Recycled hardwood and consented Pounamu.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Three feathers made of ancient recycled hardwood. Carved separately into each feather/awe are the words Tāmaki Makaurau, Raukura, Whēnua. Why do three feathers link with the kaupapa/philosophy of this exhibition? How do these three feathers/awe connect with a Peaceful village called Parihaka in Taranaki? Can we practice peace with ourselves, behaving peacefully with each other even when it is hard, and interacting peacefully with our land through reflecting on seeing these feathers? Or are they just three feathers? Ngā mihi Parihaka. Mauri Ora!
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Sculpture on the Gulf 2019, Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke, publically commissioned works in New Plymouth and Taranaki, Otahuhu, Waiheke Island, and Auckland University.
Where did you study?
Masters of Māori Visual Arts at Toioho ki Apiti/ Massey University