Ngā Toko Rima: Contemporary clayworks – five fingernails of fire obtained by Māui, five fingers of the hand that moulds the clay, five unique artists with a common philosophy.
This exhibition celebrates the powerful and innovative work of the artists of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, the Māori clayworkers’ collective: Baye Riddell, Manos Nathan, Colleen Urlich, Wi Taepa, and Paerau Corneal.
Māori creation stories of fire, water, and earth provide the foundation for their work. Innovation grows out of tradition. Carved kōauau (flutes), exquisitely decorated waka kākano (seed pots), and dramatic works inspired by ancient funerary chests stand alongside elegant contemporary interpretations of female deities and the Christian crucifixion symbols.
In Ngā Toko Rima, clay takes on new form and meaning.