- Black enamel on steel
- Purchased, 1997
- 1905 x 1193 x 39mm
During the 1990s, Michael Parekowhai began reworking familiar objects as art. They were intended to be understood in several ways at once, opening up conversations around colonialism and cultural appropriation – the use of indigenous cultural material by non-indigenous people – in art. Gordon Walters’ appropriation of the pītau (fern frond) motif from Māori kōwhaiwhai painting has generated heated criticism and debate. Parekowhai’s witty response pays homage to Walters while reclaiming the pītau. By adding two circles to Walters’ composition, Parekowhai suggests a full stop to the matter.
(Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania, 2021)