IS­RAEL BIRCH: MAURI ORA

NZ Life & Leisure - - That’s The Spirit -

3 to 28 Novem­ber, Mil­ford Gal­leries, Dunedin

The con­cept of mauri ora – the life force or in­ner spirit we em­body – is ex­plored in a se­ries of new works by high­lyre­garded Māori artist Is­rael Birch (Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Tawake, Ngāti Kahun­gunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka). Em­ploy­ing lac­quer on etched stain­less steel, the artist demon­strates his abil­ity to project a mes­mer­iz­ing com­bi­na­tion of light, tex­ture and pat­terned lay­ers from his large-scale com­po­si­tions. The eight works are suf­fused with lu­mi­nous colour and con­vey a sen­sa­tion of con­stant move­ment. mil­fordgal­leries.co.nz

Is­rael Birch, Mauri Ora, (2018). Image cour­tesy of the artist and Mil­ford Gal­leries, Dunedin.

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