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mauri of me #44 ~ abstract painting

I’ve eluded to this quite a few times throughout these Mauri posts: that my ‘view’ on things (life, experiences, pts(d)), kind of come with a macro view.

I can flip shit so many times, and look at it from a thousand sides and a thousand perspectives.

But my goal in doing so, is to get to the gutts of something.

I can smell an intention a mile off – I’m not so good with lame ass hints – but I know theres an intention lurking as soon as someone presents a point of view. My mission is to flesh that intention out.

I guess this process has helped Me to survive.

When it comes to my painting, the whole process is Me finding my intention. Me finding and expressing my voice and my view point.

I find relief in it.

The macro-i-sation of it, helps Me to See whats happening instead of just feeling it.


Description:

The first 4 photographs are extreme close up views of a piece of art I created for our recent exhibition. Although each one is slightly different, they are of dark maroony brown colour on stretched canvas. Over top of this base colour there is a large white smudgey painted curved line. It sort of looks like a wave and is supposed to represent ‘mauri’: the essence of something / living things.

The next 2 photographs are again extreme close ups of another piece down for this exhibition. The back or base colour of this painting on canvas, is black and has smaller white drips / lines of paint on it. This painting was to represent Rarohenga: the netherworld or underworld.

The seventh photograph is another extreme close up from the same series of paintings. This one is done on a round canvas with its base colour being black and darker purples, blues and green woven into it. On top of that are white, greeny blue, blue and purple drips, squiggles and lines. Some of the paint is acrylic and some is water colour which give the overall feel of the painting a multi layered feel. Well that was the intention anyway. This one represents Tawhirirangi: the spirit energy of sweeping rains.

The final photograph is an extreme close up of a boxed sculpture for this series of art works. Inside the white framed box (sort of like a shadow box), is a small slab of curved concrete and a tall glass bottle of water. The slab is at the bottom and the glass bottle, laid horizontally, is at the top. Both items are screwed into place in the box with wide strips of thin metal, giving the whole thing an industrial sort of feel. This extreme close up is of the concrete slab and the metal strip that runs across it. This one represents Te Ihorangi: the spirit energy of rain and clouds.

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