Energy life force
Organic + Inorganic
Extensions of ourselves: tools, prosthetics and appendages
Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou
This work is a heru with the form of the taniwha central, carved onto both sides. The taniwha is a representation of the mauri of a place in physical form. As the pounamu resides within and by bodies of water the affinity the kōhatu has with the taniwha reinforces the wairua of the piece.
While creating this piece the fractures of the stone were evident and traditionally the method of binding would involve muka and lashing however I chose to use wire. Metal tools and wire were colonial introductions. It is what holds the piece together but also creates a contrast.
The translucent of the stone and the energy light gives to it were also in the forefront of my mind. There is a lustre to the wire but it does not have the same energy and of course translucency.