Eye-catching exhibition for Pataka
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.