• Chantel Matthews

Morning pages

Updated: May 10, 2020

The Blog is a think tank. A process of assessing the everyday. Creating a criteria of what can be considered. What is potential art and what is just life. A dumping ground. The blog also houses art that contributes to thoughts and ideas I am interested in at the time.

Morning pages is a method used in this process.


23 APRIL

During meditations

I saw my nana in a whare, on a maunga, looking down.

I saw visions of 3 images, with flutes carved in front of them on plinths

The 3 images were of horizons, of meetings between Ranginui, Tangaroa and the flutes were Papatuanuku, made with wood.

Each one played to the sounds of the image. The image plays to the flute and vice versa. An exchange of visual, image and sound. Combined they create a narrative.

3 images of horizon lines, black and white, the images look like they are moving. Framed nicely.

The goal. Is always to better understand the self, as a woman, mother, human, friend, wife. Being Maori then allows one to occupy another space. Why these images, these visions?

Something that is beautiful, calm, spiritual, connected, of the now. If someone could look at it in 100 yrs they could look into the mind of what I was thinking, what I saw, how I saw it and why. An image an artwork that is desirable, that intoxicates, draws you in, educates, with the idea, the concept.

How to make a work that is both intoxicating yet full of depth and knowledge beyond its own conditioning, beyond its own language.

I am constantly coming back to what is the ambition, what is the legacy of the work. Where it comes from, why and for who. Who is the beneficiary or my research. I guess because this work is an extension of me, my existence and from there how does it contribute to the rest of the world, how does it add to the worlds already heavy frequency and why does it matter.

Image 1: Intuitive waters, photo image, digitally edited.

Koauau Image https://www.kuragallery.co.nz/pita-broad-4

Thinking about the 4th Dimension. The objects are not the artwork. They activate the art to be seen. ie the object is activated by light, wind, movement, sound. What if an image only comes alive when it is met by sun at a certain time of the day, when the sun reaches it? like a horizon line. what if a koauau plays only when wind or movement passes it. when objects are activated when they come into contact with the 4th dimension. a time and space, nature or gesture dictates when artwork is seen.


What if the artwork doesn't exist as an object of desire or vision but a gesture that you may or may not see.