Ex­plo­sion of art at ex­hibit

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

The earth’s en­ergy and fire are at the core of an ex­hi­bi­tion which sees clay and tat­too art­forms col­lide.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, named Ruaumoko af­ter the Maori god of earth­quakes and vol­canic ac­tiv­ity, is in­spired by the con­nec­tion be­tween clay and tat­too artists with ref­er­ence to Auck­land’s vol­canic land­scape and his­tory.

Ta moko artist Maia Gibbs’ work fo­cuses on the myth of Ruaumoko and how this brought about the first sa­cred forms of tat­too.

‘‘I have been lucky enough to have seen and been in­volved with some of New Zealand’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary Maori artists and this has had a big in­flu­ence on my art prac­tice and the way I think about my work.’’

Ex­hi­bi­tion co-or­di­na­tor and clay artist Noelle Jake­man says in light of re­cent earth­quake, vol- canic and tsunami ac­tiv­ity, the ex­hi­bi­tion will sup­port Red Cross.

Do­na­tions can be made dur­ing each show and 10 per cent from each art­work sold will go to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at the Mata-Kiore Ta Moko Stu­dio, 246B Hob­son St un­til Fe­bru­ary 1.

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