Ko Jo Tito tōku ingoa, nō Aotearoa ahau! Me mihi i te tuatahi ki te whenua i Istanbul kua karanga mai ki a mātou o Aotearoa mō tēnei kaupapa whakahirahira. Me mihi hoki ki ngā tāngata whenua, nā koutou te manaaki ki a mātou. Otira, tātou katoa kua mai ki tēnei whenua!
My name is Jo and I am from Aotearoa NZ living in the East of the North Island but my roots are in the West of the North Island in Taranaki and in the central Bay of Plenty in a place called Rotorua.
I have come to ISEA to be a part of Uncontainable-Second Nature - Te Hunga-Kore_Hungaora. The work is explained here:
This work explores the Māori concept of energy or mauri. The stone carries the energy of the land from which it comes, as well as the stories and energies gathered on it's journey here. Following the acknowledgement of the mauri of this stone, it is seem as encapsulating all the works that are presented here.
The integrated nature of the Māori world is also captured. A rock is shaped by water flowing from the mountain through the landscape to the sea. Wai is Māori for water and is contained in the question: "ko wai au?" - "who am I?"
Water is seen as a part of who we are. As such the human connection to the environment is apparent, and the importance of water as essential to the survival of the planet and people can be discerned on reflection.
I am a multi media artist working in photography, video, painting and natural materials. One of my current projects is painting a rock a day for 2011, photographing what I have painted and then writing a story about it. A project to be creating everyday and therefore developing my work as a painter as well as creating a discipline to create everyday. You can see the project at my Facebook link or my blog link.
I look forward to meeting you all at Istanbul!
Noho ora mai. (be well)