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A study of family dynamics observed as if through a microscope. Each unfurling punga represents a life.
The length of each is a reference to age and the nodules on each a reference to the significant events in their lives. The life lines are interconnected. One things relates to another, and there is a flow as in nature
No person is an island, the actions of one affects the other two. One cannot act in isolation without affecting the family.
There is a patterning covering them all, it is a pattern I've developed from some of the oldest Māori patterning on Kowhaiwhai (rafters) and carvings This layer on my paintings expresses our New Zealandness....the need in us all to have a cultural identity.
The paua colours an homage to Tangaroa. The oak board refers to the land. We are an island people.