Star Gossage

Seeing the Unseen

Seeing the Unseen by Star Gossage

Artwork Detail

Ko te Matariki he kāhui whetū, ko tōna putanga mai he tohu mō te Tau Hou Māori, he wā ki te maumahara, ki te whakahari, ki te ako. He rongonui ngā whetū muramura e whitu i ngā ahurea huhua, heoi e rua anō ngā whetū e mihia ai te ngā tūpuna Māori. Ko ō rātou ingoa ko Matariki, ko Pōhutukawa, ko Waitī, ko Waitā, ko Waipuna-ā-rangi, ko Tupuānuku, ko Tupuārangi, ko Ururangi, ko Hiwa-i-te-rangi.

Matariki is a cluster of stars whose reappearance signals the Māori New Year, a time of remembering, celebration and instruction. The brightest seven stars are recognised across many cultures, yet Māori tūpuna (ancestors) recognise two more. Their nine names are Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā-rangi, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Ururangi, Hiwa-i-te-rangi.

Title
Seeing the Unseen
Artist/creator
Production date
2014
Medium
oil on board
Dimensions
430 x 317 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2014
Accession no
2014/30/2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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