“It is interesting when studying hei tiki in museums the range of sizes and styles. Here I have depicted two very small hei tiki representing the male and female element, themes such as balance, duality and complementary nature. Also representative of the separation of Sky Father and Earth Mother.”
“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”
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