Lines of Descent (Nov 2010) is an exhibition that explores creativity that is past from generation to generation.
This is an exhibition of work that talks about one’s Whakapapa (geneology), an awakening, listening to the call of the spirit, learning and healing.
“Art as a passion and a journey of discovery”
This is an eclectic expression of Māori art form incorporating stone and wood sculpture, a collection of Hue (gourds), māori weaponry and musical instruments along with a selection of cast glass, prints, paintings, mixed-media creations, spoken word and musical performance.
On display is a series of seven karetao (Māori Puppets). This is the first public showing of this collection of karetao. These karetao are the first of their kind, fusing the art of Māori puppetry and Māori musical instruments together as one, creating what I call Karetao Pūoro.
This collection of work is a culmination of my life’s expression.
Lines of descent is about the things that influence us in life, seen and unseen, the things that mould and shape us as we’re growing up, the positive and negative things that happen to us and the choices we make as a consequence.
These are the gifts that have been past on to me and in this exhibition I wish to share them with you.
I have a passion for art and music, the human spirit and the spirit of life. I believe that through sharing our gifts on a human level it may bring us closer to understanding the spirit of life.
Photographs by Norman Heke.