Papakāinga is a new Body of Work, based around my home in New Zealand. The word papakāinga has different meanings depending on the context; I am relating to the land of my family who have lived here for generations, often at the same time, the land I have been living since I came to Aotearoa/New Zealand. This is my home, a safe place for my family and the place I draw inspiration for my art. The place that nurtures me physically and spiritually.
Papakāinga is an emotional response to my home and immediate environment I am observing on daily walks and wanders. It explores ideas of beauty, change, fragility, ephemerality and mortality of nature and human life.
I am using a variety of techniques and found objects, natural dyes and processes such as rusting, eco dyeing and photography, to depict a sense of place, a moment in time and a deep connection with the land.
Papakāinga will be shown in a group exhibition at Thistle Hall, Cuba Street, Wellington from 13 -18 of May 2019.