Ngā Kaiako o te Pō / Teachers of the Night Series 2008, which pays homage to the Sacred Caves of the Waitaha Kai Tuhituhi / Scribes. These works on hessian panels reflect the earthy tones and texture of the limestone caves.
I have visited many of the old stone places admiring the beautiful minds of the Waitaha Nga Kai Tuhituhi / Scribes work.
Timeless creations were written on stone so long ago.
They still speak to us across time and space,
singing of the past, present and future
like the bright stars above.
This journey into the world of the Nga Kai Tuhituhi has guided me towards a deeper understanding of sky, land and sea.
These artworks are a tribute to the Tüäpapa / Foundation of this sacred land, honouring the tree and its many branches that have grown from those foundations.
Acknowledging the past, to empower the future.