Te Ao Huri Huri

 

This installation was produced for the Puaka Matariki Festival in Dunedin 2014, presented in conjunction with the Blue Oyster Gallery and exhibited in the basement of the Atheneum building.

The work consisted of seven rotating lanterns, echoing the stars of the constellation Matariki. As they spun they cast overlapping patterns of light across the walls, floors and ceilings of the space, creating an immersive environment for the viewer.  

The title of the work means the turning or changing world, and the turning of the lanterns reflected the cycles of the natural and human world, “the inner seasonality of being human”.

The designs cut into the lantern shades were based on shadows of trees and plants from around Dunedin. Shadows are indexical of a specific place and time, and for me the long shadows of Autmn were triggering memories of other autumns in other places. There’s an intimate relationship between place and memory,  and we are ever affected by previous home places and stories of belonging. 

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