Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Guardian of the Pacific Waters - Kiwa


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Kiwa is referred as one of the guardians of the sea. Hine Moana (Ocean Woman) his wife their children were the various creatures of the sea - Pipihura (cockle), Te uru kahikahika (source of eels), Wharerimu (seaweed), Hine-tapiritia (source of mollusc), Te Raengawha kina (sea-urchin), Te kiri -pakapaka and whatu- maomao (all types of fish), Te kohurangi (mist), Kapuwai (embodiment of water) and Kaiwahawera (octopus). These are all resources that need to be managed - so that they are left in a better condition than how they were found.
—Lewis Gardiner

I gave a Northwest Coast body to the jade mask. The spirit figures of Northwest Coast design on the top are derived from the vapour that whales blow out of their blowholes. The spray dissipates after a couple seconds. They are sometimes referred to as vapour spirits.
—Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.

Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.