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Kia mau koe ki te kupu ā ō matua. Hold fast to the words of your parents. An acknowledgement of your ancestors and their teachings. It is these teachings that make us who we are today - to be respectful, honest and maintain integrity. When working together in collaborations, it is these words that form the foundations of the artwork, to be respectful of other cultures. —Lewis Gardiner
To me, these are based on ancestral spirit figures. The overall figure is inspired by a Māori canoe prow, but it is interpreted as a killer whale fin shape. —Preston Singletary
by Ken McNeil
by Shawn Hunt
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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