Shane Cotton

Te Waiwhariki

Te Waiwhariki by Shane Cotton

Artwork Detail

Ko tēnei whakaahua kiritangata uiraira whai tāhina he mea e tohutoro ai i te whakairo whakaahua kiriaro rongonui mō Hongi Hika nō Ngāpuhi, nōna tētahi tūnga nui i roto i ngā Pakanga Pū, he pakanga kei waenganui i ngā Māori mō ngā tau 30, mai i te tau 1807, ka mutu ka tino rerekē haere te mana whenua o tēnā iwi, o tēnā iwi. Kua tāpirihia e Shane Cotton ngā manu māori me ngā manu tauhou ki te moko kanohi o Hongi Hika, hei tohu mō te tūmanako, hei keo hoki – he mea whakatūpato. I hangaia te whakaahua kiritangata taketake i te tau 1814, i Poihākena, ko tērā te wāhi i tūtaki ai ia i a Samuel Marsden. Kua tapaina tēnei toi peita mō tētahi o ngā pū o Hika, me tētahi pakanga rongonui i waenganui i a Ngāti Maru rāua ko Ngāpuhi.

This iridescent tonal portrait borrows from a well-known carved self-portrait of Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika, who played a key role in the New Zealand Musket Wars, a series of battles between Māori which took place over a 30-year period from 1807 and resulted in significantly altered rohe (tribal territorial boundaries). Shane Cotton appends native and exotic birds to Hika’s full-face moko, which act as symbols of hope, and a target which represents a warning of danger. Hika’s original portrait was made in 1814 in Sydney, where he met the missionary Samuel Marsden. This painting is named after one of Hika’s guns and a famous battle between Ngāti Maru and Ngāpuhi.

Title
Te Waiwhariki
Artist/creator
Production date
2004
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
1800 x 1600 x 40 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/20
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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