Explosion of art at exhibit
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.