“After I returned to Aotearoa from attending and exhibiting in the Moon Mothers: Keepers of Knowledge exhibition at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, I completed this group of pendants. The series was inspired by the paintings by June Northcroft Grant and the sculptures by Tim Paul that were in the exhibition. I decided that I wanted to have fun and make a collection of moon pendants with pounamu rims and bone inlays. Each face is unique and different.”
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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