Tat­too, clay art col­lide

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Earth’s en­ergy and fire are at the core of an ex­hi­bi­tion which sees clay and tat­too art forms 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 own 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 that I think about my work.’’

Ex­hi­bi­tion co-or­di­na­tor and clay artist Noelle Jake­man says the ex­hi­bi­tion will sup­port Red Cross’ re­lief ef­forts.

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

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