Eye-catch­ing ex­hi­bi­tion for Pataka

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An in­tri­cate 24.8-me­tre-long ngatu is be­ing un­rolled at Pataka on De­cem­ber 7.

The ngatu (painted tapa) is cen­tral to an ex­hi­bi­tion, Ko e Hala Han­ga­tonue: The Straight Path , by lo­cal artist Robin White.

It is White’s most am­bi­tious project, and took two years to com­plete. It in­volved a jour­ney to Is­rael and Europe and col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ton­gan artist Ruha Fi­fiti.

‘‘I be­gan by vis­it­ing the New Is­lamic Art Cen­tre at the Lou­vre, Paris, to study ex­am­ples of pat­tern in Is­lamic art,’’ White said.

‘‘In Spain I trav­elled to Almeria, Granada and Cordoba to see ex­am­ples of Moor­ish art at its best. In Paris and Madrid I viewed ex­am­ples of late Gothic/early Euro­pean art.

‘‘My fi­nal des­ti­na­tion was Haifa, Is­rael, where I spent a week near Ben Gu­rion Ave, which leads to the steps and ter­races of the Baha’i gar­dens and the shrines on the slopes of Mt Carmel.’’

After her grad­u­a­tion from Elam School of Fine Arts, White lived for many years in Bot­tle Creek in Pare­mata. She taught at Mana Col­lege and painted well-known Porirua cul­tural he­roes such as Sam Hunt.

Ko e Hala Han­ga­tonue: The Straight Path in­cludes a video of the mak­ing of the ngatu.

For de­tails, go to pataka.co.nz or phone 237 1511.

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