The phenomenon of life exists within nature’s splendour. As the land draws its breath from the winds above, so too does it exhale with the receding tides of the ocean. This interpretation of land, sea and air is likened to the majestic bird, the Hokioi (native eagle, Roi Toia), who traverses the realms of the over worlds, the Thunder lizard (Susan Point) who protects the “life principle” of the land and the Whai (stingray, Todd Couper) who patrols the domain of the under worlds. The centre arrangement depicts the essence of life and the evolution of death symbolised by two spirals opposing each other.
The connection between these three artists grew following visits in New Zealand and Vancouver. Susan felt a tremendous kinship with all of the Maori artists she met, and was overwhelmed by their generosity and hospitality during her trip to New Zealand. At the time of the Kiwa show the three artists began this collaboration, celebrating the artistic and spiritual ties between their cultures.