Wi Taepa

Untitled (Punch Patterns), 2002

Untitled (Punch Patterns), 2002 by Wi Taepa

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Ko Wi Taepa tētahi o te kāhui mema tuatahi tonu o Ngā Kaihanga Uku. Kua rongo nuitia āna toi matapaia mō tāna whakataurite i te huritao mākoha me te tūnga tūturu, hihiri tonu. E ai ki a Taepa:

Ko te whanaungatanga kei waenganui i te kaimatapaia me te uku, he hononga e pai ai ki a rāua tahi; kaua e whakaū i tō kaupapa ake, engari me mahi tahi kē ki te uku.

He taroa, he aweawe, he pūkare ngā āhua e tohutoro i ngā tikanga toi o Te Ātiawa. Kei te kitea te kauruku whakahāngai, te pākati, me te tauira māka panihi, he tohutoro ki ngā māka panihi whakairo a Te Ātiawa e kitea ana i runga i ngā haumi waka, i te raranga hoki.

Wi Taepa is a founding member of Ngā Kaihanga Uku – the National Māori Clay Workers Collective. His ceramic artworks are renowned for balancing their contemplative tranquillity with a dynamic physical presence. Taepa believes:

The relationship between a ceramicist and clay is symbiotic; one must not enforce their ideas on the clay but rather work with it.

These vessels are tall, majestic and evocative forms that reference the art traditions of Te Āti Awa. We see a cross-hatching, incising and punch mark pattern that references Te Āti Awa carved punch markings found on haumi waka (canoe bow-pieces) but equally renowned raranga (weaving) patterning.

Title
Untitled (Punch Patterns), 2002
Artist/creator
Production date
2002
Medium
fired white raku clay
Dimensions
940 x 140 x 125 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2018
Accession no
2018/13
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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