- Pigmented inks
- Purchased, 1994
- 1080 x 880mm
Spöring’s View of Motuaro (from the Endeavour, 1769) is from John Bevan Ford’s Ngā Tohunga Waka (expert navigators) series, and recalls the coastal landscape drawings of Herman Spöring, an artist on board Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour. Ford’s delicate and intricate ink drawings take customary Māori art forms such as whakairo (carving), raraka (weaving) and kōwhaiwhai (rafter paintings) as their starting point. His work often engages with cross-cultural dialogue; here the European scientific depictions of coastal landscapes, seen at the bottom, are enveloped by a colourful kākahu (cloak form), a symbol of protection the acknowledges the long presence of Māori, as takata whenua, and the mana they hold over the land.
(Die Cuts and Derivations, 11 March – 2 July 2023)