Maureen Lander

Wai o te Marama

Wai o te Marama by Maureen Lander
Wai o te Marama by Maureen Lander

Artwork Detail

Ko Wai o te Marama, 2004 he harakeke, he muka, he ngaiaku, e whiriwhiria ā-rārangi hei hanga i te tapatoru o te maro. Kei te tautau ngā toenga muka pērā i ngā pōkinikini e kitea ai i ngā rāpaki o mua.

Kei te maumahara a Maureen Lander i te tīmatatanga o tēnei mahi toi:

I ngā tau i noho ai au i Te Hokianga ka noho ki te māhau o taku kōpuha i Omapere ka kitea a Rākaunui e mahuta ana ki runga ake i te whārua o te Wai o te Marama. Ko tētahi tino hīkoi māku ko te ara mai i te whārua tae atu ki te ngahere kauri. Ka tū ki te whakatā ki te taha o te tāheke tino ātaahua i te hauruatanga o te pikinga, ā, ka whakaarohia ka pēhea te āhua o te wai i te atarau – pērā i tōna ingoa.

Wai o te Marama, 2004 consists of harakeke (flax), muka fibre and nylon, braided in rows forming the triangular shape of a maro (apron or kilt). The strands’ loose ends hang from braids like the pōkinikini tags found on early rapaki (waist mat) weavings.

Maureen Lander recalls the genesis of this artwork:

During my years in Hokianga the sight of the full moon rising from over the Wai o te Marama valley was a recurring vision, seen from the porch of my bach in Omapere. The track from the floor of the valley up into the kauri forest was a favourite daytime walk of mine. Often when I paused for rest alongside the beautiful waterfall halfway up, I would imagine how the water might look lit by the moon, like its name.

Title
Wai o te Marama
Artist/creator
Production date
2004
Medium
harakeke, muka, nylon line, fluorescent paint, UV lighting
Dimensions
3000 x 2500 mm
Credit line
On loan from the artist
Accession no
X2020/72
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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