Tattoo, clay art collide
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.