In 2020, Michel Tuffery collaborated with Dr Karlo Mila to create the narrated and animated Mana Moana 2020 Meditation. Te Moana Nui a Kiwa emerges from this co-creation, and from origins as ancient as the great sea of Kiwa.
Seven new works share stories of unfurling life and ongoing whakapapa, the unbreakable connections of past-present-future and ocean-land-sky. Prompted by stills from the meditation, each work has been hand-drawn, extended and reinvigorated at extraordinary resolution. Compulsory Covid-19 lockdowns gave time and pause for Tuffery to harness new creative and printing technologies. Details emerge from the blackest of black inks as though luminescent. The distinction between 2-d and 3-d cannot hold; these works pulsate, twinkle and spin.
Reaching out from the fertile darkness of the realm of potential being, here is our ever-turning world.
—Billie Lythberg, 2021
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