the ethereal rising mists after a rainfall
This work is part of the limited Blackwood Lead Crystal series. Cast in lead crystal from an original wood carving, a second expression 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.
Te Ehutu is the rising mist after a rainfall. The rising mists are symbolic of the ethereal lightness of spirit. Represented here in human formation, we see Te Ehutu emerging from the shelter of a korowai (feather cloak). The small accents are called pākati, a contemporary surface pattern (notches) 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. They are among the most recognisable whakairo (traditional Māori carving) surface patterns.
This style is a contemporary interpretation of a rich traditional cultural icon. The formation and shape, while modern, are achieved through the use of traditional tools and practices. The artist uses chisel and mallet, not sandpaper, to create the smooth surface and clean lines of the original carving.