Ka haere au ki te tŌWenetanga o te rĀ
2019 - Present
“Storytelling has always been one of the key ways knowledge was sustained and protected within indigenous communities. Reclaiming story-telling and retelling our traditional stories is to engage in one form of decolonisation.”- Jenny Lee-Morgan, from “Decolonising Māori Narratives: Pūrākau as Method,” in Kaupapa Rangahau: A Reader
Stories act as functions of weaving and are intrinsically connected to acts of making. My current practice is positioned in the spaces that exist within interweaving language and craft, gathering acts of storytelling from ancestral homelands into tactile, experiential encounters. In drawing from the pūrākau (traditional story) of ancestor mountain Taranaki, Kā haere au ki te tōwenetanga o te rā considers connection to place and migration across the hum and swell of the sea,
towards the setting place of the sun.
Hand and machine knit New Zealand wool; moving image; site-specific performance; installation
First iteration shown in Te haerenga tuatahi ki Tongaporutu, St Paul St Gallery Three, 2019
Second iteration shown in Hear Me Roar!, Weasel Gallery, 2019