Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1942
Ngā Puhi, Māori, Scottish, English, Ireland
Wai o te Marama
- Harakeke, muka, nylon line, fluorescent paint, UV lighting
- Purchased 2021
- 1700 x 3530mm
'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.