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photography ~ whakairo

whakairo

#Throwback ~

First Published on: Jun 28, 2015 @ 19:07

A pikorauru (double spiral) pattern carved into wood ❤

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the painting #feels …

What I discovered today, was this shit, like the rain … also soothes shit, way faster than anything else can (except the sedatives! … gotta love the sedatives!) …

So I did the do, and enjoyed the hell out of it …

I’ve never used ink before and it turns out ink on house paint makes this marvellous mess. Btw … I re-purposed the ink from an old printer I dismembered 😉


#Photographs are of Me doing my arty thing 😉 Some are macro shots of the black ink ‘moving through’ the white paint. It’s on a semi-large canvas so I was able to make one hell of a beautiful mess, all finished up with a large thick, blood red, heavy, dripping line, straight through the middle of all that glorious mess 🙂

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the Need to paint …

thats the feels today … and paint I did … threw that paint onto canvas till I felt better 😉 … 1st of 2018 and I reckon theres gonna be A.Lot of this sort of shit happening … good lord I’ma gonna have to get creative with the paint sourcing 😉

All I can say, is it was a good mess and I needed it.

#Macro Photographs of my process / processing for abstract painting. Lots of paint … lots of mess 😉

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mauri of me #50 ~ recapping #2

“Resistance” is in my blood … just ask my Mama 😉 … and as I look over my unique heritage, I’m not really surprised at all.

Theres the Irish and Scottish colonisation’s, that resulted in their Response and continued Resistance. A few of those ancestors were sent to these ‘colonies’, and tahdah, our line changed. They weren’t perfect humans by any means, in fact there’s a couple who were down right assholes, but I’ll leave that for another post. But their Resistance to the invasion of their countries, was second to none. I admire the fuck out of that part of their narrative.

Then there’s the Jewish blood; the English blood; the French Canadian blood … and of course … the tangata whenua – Maori blood.

Learning about my tipuna and the layers of my Indigenous culture, has given Me a tonne of strength; it’s answered a heap of questions for Me; it’s made Me realise that I already know, deep down, what I need … Who I am … where I want to be. It’s given Me layers upon layers of beautiful healing.

And I am made up of multiple layers of Resistance and Response.

That Resistance has been voiced regarding colonisation and the social justice issues We continue to face as tangata whenua, through my art; and more recently that has extended to responding to, and re-framing sexual violence.

This love of justice … fairness … questioning … reframing … is what gives Me that fire in my belly. It’s probably what has helped to keep Me alive at times and I am grateful for it.  I’d rather have it, than have nothing at all ❤

“Thou Shalt Not Concede”

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mauri of me #48 ~ persistent

When I was particularly depleted, aka sick as fuck … there were long portions of time, where I thought I might never ‘get up’ again. But even in those times, I was looking for a way to manage my shizz whilst flat on my face. And while I’m not a lover of that ‘down but not out’ shit, this is my version of that.

The way I see it, we are all dealing with shit, and thats usually made harder by the train of thought, or pressure, put on Us to ‘get better’, ‘be better’ … To get ‘Normal’, again. I’ve certainly had my fair share of this thinking process … and still struggle with it occasionally.

But by in large, my struggle is more with the practicalities of how to re-shape my world so I can manage it. Not re-shape it to fit what someone else thinks it, or I,  should look like.

And throughout all of that, I’m finding Me.

This years biggest struggle, although there has been a few, has been with my father. Theres many a post on Me trying to understand, process, analyze, let go, summarise and respond to the relationship that has and hasn’t been, between us.

Strangely and quite poetically I suppose, the last of my ‘letting go’ process with him, came out within my art. My art actually helped Me fill in the missing pieces and unfold a few other bits and pieces and let go of the last of it.

Which is why I ended up with 13 pieces for the exhibition. It’s also why the exhibition itself, became so important for Me to attend. It’s also why I posted the names and meanings of each piece over the last month. It’s also why I refer to it all again here.

I discovered, that my persistance for self honesty and transparency … a light soul pretty much … is part of what drives Me. It’s not money, or status, or importance, or intelligence …. or any of those surface bullshit things …

It’s living ‘light’.

I don’t do well with a heavy soul … and mine is somewhat naturally heavy and leans to the things that are heavier. But can be made even heavier whenever ‘unreal’ bullshit is taken on.

So this last little round-up of photos from the exhibition – while they may not be the finest looking filtered photographs  – they are Real.

They are Me.

Today, I high-five Me.

I’m one righteous individual ❤

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such a grown up thing to do:

Much to my surprise, I ended up selling a few of my exhibition pieces. I don’t usually sell and I think thats been more about the emotional attachment that I have with each piece I do.

But this time, alot of that emotional attachment wasn’t there. Maybe it’s because it was all such a cathartic process … I’m not sure really.

But any who … As tempted as I was to buy really really necessary items of shit like:

  • Shoes
  • M&Ms
  • Shoes

I decided instead to invest in my Art 🙂

So I bought these puppies instead!

Feeling like a grown up right now lol.

 

4x 30×30 stretched canvas

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exhibition art ~ mauri

mauri

Mauri

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exhibition art ~ tū-te-wehiwehi

tū-te-wehiwehi

Tū-te-wehiwehi

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exhibition art ~ rarohenga

rarohenga

Rarohenga

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exhibition art ~ mahara

mahara

Mahara

#abstractart #abstract #art #sculpture #mixedmedia #construction #industrial #memories #love #exhibitionart #mahara #consciousness #remember #cosmoslogy #maori #tangatawhenua #aotearoa #culture #resistance #selfdetermination #resolving #unfolding #responding #@kpmartistactivist

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