I’ve always been fascinated by the moon and the stars, endlessly curious as to their magic. This piece is inspired by the constellation known to my people (Māori) as Matariki / Pleiades. When she rises on the horizon in May / June it marks the beginning of the new year in the Māori calendar. Our calendar is a a phenomenological calendar - meaning it is based on the observations of the cycles of the moon, sun, water, wind, plant, animal and flower as indicators to help guide us cultivate, hunt, fish and store food. Each star has is its own name and represents both male and female spirit/energy. This star system is also a very important navigational marker when traversing the great expanse of Te Moana o Kiwa - the Pacific Ocean. Every human culture has developed a deep understanding and knowledge of the cycles and patterns of the plant, animal, elemental and spiritual kingdom of their place. Thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge is being lost daily. This is my way of re-weaving and understanding for these indicators of change and guidance for my people back into the fabric of my own being to be shared with others.
Materials - Bangalow Palm Infloresence | Naturally dyed Raffia Palm Fibre | Rito - Young Coconut Leaf
Dimensions - 150cm L x 110cm W