Part of the “Wrestling with Spirits” catalogued exhibition shown at the Hastings City Art Gallery, New Zealand and curated by Sandy Adsett.
Waka Wairua (Spirit Vessel) acknowledges important people that have passed away whether they are loved ones or people of significant stature. It is personal to the owners of the vessel as it acknowledges people that are important to them. This sculpture form acknowledges all their spirits which are treasures that we all hold dearly.
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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