With Madeleine Gifford
Available by appointment only.
Hear about exhibition highlights and behind-the-scenes stories with Curator and Exhibitions Manager Madeleine Gifford.
Through harakeke, light and uku (clay), Ashlee Tawhiti (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Te Rangi) creates an immersive space for meditative thought and contemplation.
Referencing the twin stars in the Matariki cluster, Waitī and Waitā, representing the ocean and fresh waters, Tawhiti acknowledges the vital role of water mixed with earthly ochres that bring alive local clays.
Symbolising Papatūānuku and the creation of Hineahuone (the first human woman) from whom we are part, Wa:Hine – Wai:Rua explores the ancient callings of the feminine and acknowledges the cyclic inevitabilities that are realised through the Whenua and natural materials, calling us to connect.
This exhibition is part of Matariki Festival 2022.
Main image courtesy of the artist.
Gallery photographs by Ralph Brown.