Artist Natasha Keating uses recycled kauri ceiling panels to create twelve larger than life painted pou wahine. These pou are an aspirational portrayal of mana wahine (strong women) and a contemporary reflection of strength and resilience in te ao hurihuri (this changing world). The artist sees the process of sanding back kauri boards, which have been recycled from villas, as a form of de-colonising – by restoring the wood she reveals the beauty of Tāne Mahuta. Evoking both mauri (life force) and memory, Ngā Peka pays tribute to both mana wahine and the branches in our forests. Ngā peka o te wao nui a Tāne, reaching up to the light and out to protect us.
Suitable for: All ages
When: Starts before and continues beyond festival dates
Where: Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street
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