- Purchased 1991
- By permission of the Bill and Pip Culbert Trust and the Hotere Foundation Trust.
- 530 x 705mm
The isolated sandspit of Aramoana, located close to Ralph Hotere’s home in Careys Bay near Ōtepoti Dunedin, provided him with both physical and spiritual nourishment. It was where he gathered cockles and mussels, became refreshed and gained inspiration for his art. During the 1970s and 80s, it was the site of a bitter environmental battle when the government proposed building an aluminium smelter there. Hotere and many others fiercely opposed the plan. This print relates to a sculpture Hotere made with his great friend Bill Culbert in which a row of pāua shells was ‘cut through’ by a long line of fluorescent light tubes. It includes the Māori phrase ‘Ko wai koe?’, or ‘who are you?’, emphasising Hotere’s strong association between place and identity.
(Absence, May 2023)