Hihiaua Cultural Centre, Whangarei
Firstly I need to mihi to Te Warahi and Janet Hetaraka at Hihiaua Cultural Center for their tautoko and awhi in hosting my recent exhibition. Their warmth fills the house. So grateful for the years they put into the making of this center and their dream to create a space to nurture and foster our Maori culture and arts. This is a unique space where tradition sits in the same space as contemporary and the tapping sound of the carvers carving resonates through the gallery.
To Alecia Courtney and Justice Hetaraka, thankyou for the amazing and hard Mahi in curating and promotion.
I have not been doing much work in the last few years and so I have not posted for a long time. My recent exhibition at Hihiaua is over, and all the exhibited work will now be safely installed in their new homes. I am grateful and humbled by the number of whanau, friends, and manuhiri that come to tautoko and those who purchased work. Especially in the shadow of the trying times of covid, Nga mihi.
Many thanks to you Amorangi Hikuroa for exhibiting your amazing uku within the space, so blessed…so made my work look good.
For anyone who couldn’t get there, I wanted to share some of my work from fragments in a short video created by Justice Hetaraka at the opening.