TIA HOLDEN (BA)
NEW ZEALAND, PORIRUA
WHITIREIA NEW ZEALAND (TE AUAHA)
Porowhita means to encircle, surround or reserve. This work was named to reflect the process of preserving indigenous artefacts at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand. The connecting together of the vascular forms in Porowhita is in response to the examination of traditional Māori piupiu artefacts held in collection at Te Papa. Observation of these carefully preserved garments revealed that the older the piupiu, the more the craft and design of them seemed to deviate from what most people now think of as traditional. The tubular forms draw inspiration from the human circulatory system as a metaphor from which vascular trauma alludes to the often sanguinary struggles of colonisation in Aotearoa, New Zealand. From this conflict the items crafted for Porowhita react to concepts of embrace versus enclose; define versus confine, and ring versus fenced.