10 parts, 700 x 450 mm ea
Dedicated to the community of the South Island town Kaikoura and its coast that was lifted metres into the air during the 14 November 2016 earthquake.
Aotearoa is located on the boundary between two great tectonic plates, the Australian and the Pacific, which behave like shells sliding over the surface of a sphere the Australian plate heading north while the Pacific plate moves west. The eerie exposure of the seabed in Kaikoura resulted from co-seismic movement and produced a shift in the ecosystem.
Kaikoura celebrates the strength and beauty of Kaikoura sea life and its resilience, encouraging the survival during change. The work is a tribute to the local group of paua rescuers and Te Runanga o Kaikoura Ngāi Tahu for their combined effort in relocating sea life. The strength and beauty of the cowry shell inspired my response. Beauty and strength rises from adversity.
– Ioane Ioane