The “womb” form is synonymous with birth. Indeed the female energy has always been akin to the nurturing of life. Also integrated into this sculptural form is the waka-tunapaku (burial chest) which references the evolution of death. This is likened to the guardian woman of the night, Hine-nui-te-po. This sculpture combines the two extremes that determine the “human condition.”
To celebrate the potential of life is to honour the evolution of death.
Roi was born and raised in Southland province in the South Island of New Zealand, although his whakapapa (genealogy) is the Te Mahurehure hapu (sub-tribe) from the Hokianga in Northland on the North Island. In 1983, he received a three-year apprenticeship to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, where he learned to carve with the adze and chisel and graduated with honours. He has carved on four whare whakairo (carved houses), which fuelled his passion for perfecting the technical aspects of his art and led him to learn about the ideology and spiritual aspects of carving.
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