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The Journey Home
Last year a friend of mine insisted it was time for me to 'find my people'. My first response was, 'buzz off & find your own people!' but since then I have reconnected with my birth family and found not only 'people', but history, heritage, story, nation and family. Having lived my entire life in Australia, I have now journeyed home to Aotearoa, to explore the treasure I have been given in this new understanding of my own identity. My new collection of paintings are a response to this discovery.
A New Beginning
The Koru (circular shape) in Māori culture originates from the unfurling of the fern, the new shoots embarking on their journey of life. This is how it is for me right now, a new journey, new discoveries and a time of new adventures. Mixed media collage, 20 x 20cm.
Where the Sea meets the Sky, is one of the first paintings of my new collection. I was researching the ancestors journey across the waters from their original homeland. They set out on their waka, being guided by the stars, in search of new land and a new life. It would have taken such courage and strength, to launch out with their families into the unknown. This is how I felt, packing up all that I had and leaving all that I knew, to venture home to a land I know nothing about. It is both exciting and scary to begin again, but I feel compelled to take the journey.
Tangata Whenua, this is one of the first Māori words & concepts I understood in my journey home - 'People of the Land'. Of course it means different things in different context, but for my understanding it means the connection Māori have for their land & nation, the earth itself, the ancestors that have passed through the veil & the family present now. It is more than just living on a patch of ground in a house, it is what it means to belong - to a people, to a place.
When I started the journey on the path of discovering Māori history and my own identity, my research was overwhelming. There was so much I didn't know and the subject of understanding Māori culture was so deep and wide. I had to find one place to start, one point to connect to.
The circular pattern was my starting point. It represents the light separating the darkness, in the beginning of the universe, when life began and light and knowledge entered the realm of man. It is my revelation point, the unfolding or the beginning of my journey. Mixed media collage, 20 x 20cm.