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Killer whales are big powerful predators of the sea, they have no enemies and can collaborate together in a well-orchestrated hunt. The form is that of a canoe hull, the paddlers need to work in cohesion just like the killer whales for the canoe to cut gracefully through the water. The waka form has a killer whale mask to split the waves without fear or hesitation, to lead your life by making the right decisions and to push forward without fear of success or failure. —Lewis Gardiner
My contribution to the graphic design is Ka-Ka-win-chealth, my Nu-chah-nulth given name. It means Transforming Killer Whale and is a half Whale, half Wolf. The waka form was inspired by the way I’d seen them presented in Aotearoa as an art installation. —Preston Singletary
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.
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