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"Matariki Connections" by Denise Symons

Where: Estuary Arts Centre, 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Two dominant features of my work throughout my art career are those based on geometric forms and the natural elements of earth sea and sky.

The textures I use represent surfaces which have evolved through time, my colour palate addressing the nature of the subject. Collage and text enhance aspects of time passing.

My interest in Hei Tiki has arisen from my journey to locate my exact Whakapapa. The Red Tiki series is generated by the intentional destruction of a family taunga, a bone Hei Tki said to have been carved from the shin bone of a Frenchman's leg. Given that I am a descendant of Te Rauparaha this seems a very likely scenario.

The loss of this object has caused me much heartache and anger. This powerful emotion manifested itself in the form of the Red Hei Tiki series which also expresses the passion held in the possession of such a treasure and represents the many disputes regarding the acceptance of Maori throughout our shared cultures.

Denice Symons
Ngati Raukawa. BFA Elam.

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