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One

Exhibition Name

Aotearoa Art Fair

Projects 2021

Location

Yu Mei Newmarket

Auckland

New Zealand

Year

2021

One alludes to the earth and its minerals. It references the creation of Hine-ahu-one, the first woman, and the first human. The work is a process of self-reflection, combining the two ideas of One to investigate how I—as a wahine Maori—am able to trace my lineage back to the sands of the Hauraki coast. By using Opoutere, Onemana, Whangamata, and Whiritoa as a framework, my exploration of whakapapa between human and non-human is focused within specific landforms, allowing an intimate conversation between myself and these materials and sites. I do this by collecting shells, stones and driftwood; digging my hands into the sand to feel the coolness beneath; and swimming in the moana. One invites others to experience this process through sensory awareness and interaction.

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