Any particular aspect that really stands out for you in this work?
Ephemeral elements like time and endurance are key considerations. Markers and indications of experience are what stands out for me in this work. The experience of ice to skin, the experience of loss and the experience of processing grief are illustrated through this work for me.
Does this piece hold any significance to you personally? Does it represent anything to you? How does this influence other works that you do? Do you find hints of it showing up in other pieces you’ve done since?
I’ve continued with this thread of water in my work. I am very interested in the ecology of the arts, the value and the privilege placed on platforming particular narratives within institutional settings. There are inherent clues as to where my personal values lie within my works around this topic, however I am also interested in the intergenerational accumulation of wealth and the value of uncovered narratives within society. I created a work The Beauty of Invisible Grief which binds a lot of these thoughts together. An ice hei-tiki is worn and melts against the warmth of the wears skin – speaking to the invisible narratives that we each carry with us. The water incorporated within this work comes from the awa I whakapapa to – this for me, is the intergenerational accumulation of wealth I am privileged to have embedded in my whakapapa.