Maureen Lander

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1942
Ngā Puhi, Māori, Scottish, English, Ireland

Wai o te Marama

  • 2004
  • Harakeke, muka, nylon line, fluorescent paint, UV lighting
  • Purchased 2021
  • 1700 x 3530mm
  • 2021/121

'Wai o te Marama' is made from harakeke (flax), muka fibre and nylon, braided in rows to form the triangular shape of a maro (apron or kilt). The loose ends hanglike the pōkinikini tags found on early rapaki (waist mat) weavings.

Maureen Lander recalls the genesis of this artwork:

During my years in Hokianga the sight of the full moon rising from over the Wai o te Marama valley was a recurring vision, seen from the porch of my bach in Omapere. The track from the floor of the valley up into the kauri forest was a favourite daytime walk of mine. Often when I paused for rest alongside the beautiful waterfall halfway up, I would imagine how the water might look lit by the moon, like its name.