A full moon with a whaea kaitiaki (mother guardian) transforming into a Northwest Coast inspired mask. The moon mask has the two cultures side by side together in harmony. This represents the bond or friendships that have developed between Maori and the Northwest Coast people that have only become stronger over the years. Through the many cultural exchanges and the sharing of knowledge, Maori have a much broader perspective, not only in the world, but also within our own art and culture.
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu
Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”
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