remembering the intangibles, the wairua, the things that cant be seen
This work is part of the limited Blackwood Lead Crystal series. Cast in lead crystal from an original wood carving, a second expression of the form is produced. It takes on the qualities of the original totara fencepost, adding a chapter to the story of the piece. These works explore the play of light over and through the textures of weathered wood and the marks of the artist’s chisel. An absolutely exquisite gift of the highest quality, display your piece where the light can play on and through the glass.
A wheku is an abstract representation of a face, most recognisable by its slanted eyes. It is commonly used to represent a tupuna (ancestor) or kaitiaki (guardian), and alludes more to the wairua (spiritual), than to the physical. If you (or the receiver of this as a gift) are in need of spiritual support, this work can act as a reminder of those things which give us strength and courage.
This piece has accents of pākati and haehae, contemporary surface patterns more commonly found in Post-European carvings than their Pre-European predecessors. They are used to decorate and to represent lines of whakapapa and to accentuate the features they adorn. Pākati are the notches, and haehae are the straight or curved lines. They are among the most recognisable whakairo (traditional Māori carving) surface patterns.
The style of this work draws on traditional elements of carving from the Te Arawa (Bay of Plenty) and East Coast regions of the North Island. These elements are exemplified in the shape of the head, and the positioning and shape of the facial features (eyes, nose, mouth). The design of this piece is achieved through the use of chisel and mallet only, not with power tools or sandpaper.