• Chantel Matthews

Morning Pages

Updated: Jan 21

"The artist sees art as an agent for repair in the same way that a body adapts to the loss of a limb" "Their wounds are there and artworks are a means to recall the necessities of their reparation even when they are irreparable" - Kadir Attia (100 Sculptures of tomorrow, pg40)

In search of Wā (time and space) as Wahine through connections of whakapapa.

01/01/21 Rakau-nui - Sunrise - Whaingaroa

Sitting on the beach with my whanau, we watched as the sun and moon faced each other. Conducting my usual routine of karakia requesting permission from tūpuna and Atua to collect the moana in a time where the sun and moon were crossing over. After collecting the wai moana my whanau left and I decided to go and pick up rubbish as a way of giving back to the moana. It was party central in raglan being NYE so there was a bit of rubbish along the beach.

To take objects/findings/taonga/nature/trash/taken/things left behind/forgotten...

What does it mean to take while searching for my wā?

As a wahine who is searching for connections through whakapapa in the everyday, I question whakapapa of all things.

My connection of wā as wahine is to the place (whaingaroa) as my turangawaewae, my whenua and the whakapapa of my tūpuna.

The objects and taonga that present itself along the way also seem to have a whakapapa as a result also of time and space through collection. They can exist on their own but to bring them together and connect them as a group is to create whakapapa.

These objects are remnants of past stories and experiences of other. On this particular hikoi the objects were collected as follows:

  1. Rock (found on the campsite near our tent on it's own) *

  2. Wai Moana *

  3. Feathers and Pingao *

  4. Metal Shells *

  5. Males Shirt *

  6. Beer bottles, glass, fishing lines, nets, balloons, plastic and other rubbish

  7. Plastic kids shovel

  8. Jandels x 2 pairs

  9. Ripped blow up boat

  10. Image of Man Fishing

* items kept.