2020 - ongoing
In rongoā, I piece together whakapapa threads and stories through poem fragments, and fibres dyed with healing plants that bind me to their places of belonging, thinking back to my ancestral homelands - particularly Taranaki, Scotland, and Ireland. Just as each of these plants holds the ability to heal the body, so working with them through whatuora, through whakapapa, in close relation to the places and stories they grow from, can begin to heal the ruptures caused by colonialism-driven dislocation.
rongoā (2020). Audio (spoken poem fragments, the ocean at Tongaporutu, Taranaki spring water, tones from Granddad's tuning fork); headphones. 8 mins 35 seconds
first soft light of the rising sun (2020). Foraged plant dyes (angiangi/feusag a gobhair/goats beard lichen, dock/copag, gorse, harakeke, iron sulfate, kānuka, lupin, onion skin, tanekaha) on handed- down silk, cotton muslin, and linen; Grandmama’s threads. 1820 x 4700mm.
distance rewoven from the roots to the stem (2020-ongoing). Hīkoi;35mm film;dye-sublimated print (of Tongaporutu harakeke and gorse) onto hemp fibre unravelled by hand; whatu in plant- dyed (gorse, kānuka, harakeke, lupin, tanekaha) wool yarn. 600 x 1000mm.
embodying my roots, skin, and leaves: a map (2020-ongoing); Foraged plant dyes (acorns, angiangi/feusag a gobhair/goats beard lichen, dock/copag root, gorse flowers and spines, harakeke para, kānuka bark, kawakawa, lupin leaves, mānuka leaves, onion skin, pōhutukawa bark, pōhutukawa roots, tanekaha bark, yarrow, woad), aluminium sulfate, ferrous sulfate, sodium carbonate on vintage and handed-down woollen blanket. Currently 2000 x 3720mm.
First iteration shown in Groundwork, The Barrel Store at Corban Estate Art Centre, 2020
Second iteration shown in On returning to the sea, Matariki MVA Graduating Exhibitions, ST PAUL Street Gallery, 2020