Ngāhina Hohaia Te Ara Kei Runga, 2018–19
Harakeke fibre, supplejack vine, galvanised wire, repurposed fence battens, paint.
Te Ara Kei Runga takes its name from the beginning verse of an ancestral incantation, meaning Behold this pathway above. In the context of this installation, Te Ara Kei Runga symbolises a site of sanctuary and mauri, Māori concepts relating to the life-force of the natural world, physical and spiritual. This installation stands as a woven altar of bloodlines connecting the fibres between the heavens and the earth. It is a call to the Sacred within and to the Sacred that surrounds us, bringing alive art as ritual and ritual as art as it has been since time immemorial.