at Randolph Street Gallery, Tamaki Makau Rau,
Aotearoa, March 2007
Nga Puhi, Ngati Ruanui
Donna's Light Pou are lightboxes that extend
references to the walls of
the wharenui while acknowledging the urban space that they occupy.
Presenting work in a format that is rooted in commercial advertising,
reinterprets established codes of woven narrative from a position
within contemporary Maori life. Each box contains patterns that reference
the decorative traditions of the Wharenui but are deliberately separate,
portable and reliant on a local power source for their illumination.
Installed within the converted warehouse building that is now Randolph
Street Gallery, they utilise conventions of industrial production while
generating a dialogue with a traditional environment from the
perspective of mobile urban experience.
Digital images, Industrial
127 cm x 43 cm
Light Pou, Whenua, Mauri