Carver’s work on stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CA­TRIN OWEN

Carver Tris­tan Mar­ler’s work is about to be seen on stage.

Mar­ler, 22, has col­lab­o­rated with Te Re­hia Theatre’s ground­break­ing new play Hoki Mai Tama Ma by Tainui Tuki­waho.

He has been com­mis­sioned to carve the masks the three ac­tors will wear.

The masks are em­bel­lished with moko kauae and dis­tinc­tive eye­brows.

The play moves be­tween the day of the Matariki New Year cel­e­bra­tions in ru­ral New Zealand and World War II Italy.

Cen­tral to it are the themes of for­give­ness and fam­ily.

‘‘Cre­at­ing these masks was re­ally in­ter­est­ing and re­ally quite dif­fi­cult,’’ Mar­ler says.

‘‘They were all meant to be full­faced but only one of them is, as it is hard for the ac­tors to be heard through the mouth holes, so both male ac­tors have half­faced masks,’’ he says.

The masks are based on tra­di­tional carvings.

Mar­ler’s love of carv­ing and in­ter­est in his an­ces­tors grew from a young age from his vis­its to Mati­hetihe marae in Mitim­iti with his mother and sis­ter ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, April 2).

Mar­ler was re­cently com­mis­sioned by the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture to de­sign and carve a tra­di­tional Maori store­house as part of the in­au­gu­ral New Zealand pavil­ion at the Venice Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nale which is still on show in Italy. Mar­ler, of Te Rarawa de­scent, is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Vis­ual Arts pro­gramme at Auck­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy where he is en­joy­ing ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent art forms.

How­ever, his pas­sion for carv­ing continues. ‘‘I don’t want to carve just for my­self.

‘‘I want to carve and con­tinue to learn so I can pass it on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and teach them the tra­di­tional way.’’

Clever crafts­man: Tris­tan Mar­ler works on a carv­ing.

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