Spirals, it seems, are a universal symbol & are represented in all our creative practices & although we each diversified our media for this exhibition, interestingly, we chose to create our spirals in what could be regarded as our 'signature media & technique'.
For Isla the tree ferns welcomed her to Aotearoa their unfurling fronds of promise representing 'a forest of new beginnings'. Her own spirals appear as natural fibres spun on to a wire base which hang connected loosely enough to move gently in a breeze. She describes spirals as the 'perfect expression of perpetual movement, in which life both changes & stays the same'.
For Hugh the symbol has come to represent 'listening to the Land' & his is a double spiral, a continuous path without a beginning or an end, carved into the natural surface of 2 very different stones. One a large floor based piece & one smaller mountain shaped piece. Both have come home & now lie in our landscape.
For me I have chosen to represent the natural cycle as a spiral to allow for the passage of time inherent in the cycle. The spiral is a galaxy - at any one time both enormous & minute. I have woven muka through cotton thread to create these forms.
My IG account is currently throwing a wobbly & every time I try to upload photos it crashes.
Such a shame - & also mind bendingly frustrating.
I had decided, because this is last week of our exhibition, I would post every day a little montage of the different sections.
Not earth shatteringly superb photos or any such thing, as ultimately I hope we will create a catalogue, just a few pics to give you a feel of how it looks however
no such thing is possible !
so I'll pop a few galleries here in the blog instead . . .
An extract from the registration form for the 'I am Woman' exhibition explains the background for the exhibition.
"2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
I AM Woman celebrates the anniversary by inviting artists to share their own ‘take’ on womanhood..... triumphs, challenges, concerns, spirituality, the mundane, expectations......
The artist is asked to dig deep, to identify parts of herself that define what it means for her to be a woman.
You may have an ancestor who inspires you. It might be your own personal story. It might be the vision you have for a daughter or granddaughter’s future.
The brief is wide. Each woman has a unique view of her place in the world through her own personal journey. No two stories are the same.
The exhibition is open to Taranaki female artists. "
The exhibition has been curated by Rhonda Banyon who is the director of the gallery.
ipu whenua - Kahikatea is a small ephemeral sculptural installation which I have used as a metaphor for this stage of my life
I have written a poem to express some thoughts & feelings about that & also generally about being a woman
i am woman
i am open
i am resilient
i am fragile
i can be damaged
i will hold you
i will laugh with you
i will cry with you
i can carry you
i will nurture you though you may not be mine
i will accept you & you will have a place in my heart
& when you leave i will always cry
i am finite
i am imperfect
i am doing what i can
& when i'm gone there will be others & our stories will combine & they will be whispered by the wind
I have enjoyed immensely the process of making for this exhibition.
It was equally cathartic & therapeutic. It has enabled me to chuck a lot of 'shit' out.
It has allowed me to accept the role I have moved in to at this stage of my life & I am genuinely happy to be here.
You could say relieved even.
I don't want to live in the past.
I acknowledge the past & the effect it has had on every living thing.
What is done is done.
I want to live now & for the future. We can do that together.
If, however, I've let you go it's because I've needed to.
I've decided to let your life continue without me in it.
It's your life after all.
There's only one aspect of the exhibition which has made me sad.
'All work must be for sale and the gallery will charge a commission . . . . '
I just don't believe this is how a woman would do it.
my label details read:
Name of Artwork: ipu whenua - Kahikatea
Name of artist: Sally Hikaka
Medium: hue, harakeke & muka, soil, kahikatea seedling, greywacke pebble
Hi, I'm Sally
I'm a fibre artist who loves botanicals - especially NZ native plants