The lush palette of Fanua bring sea forests to the shore. Michel Tuffery has a deepwater library at Tarakahau, ‘the wind-eater’, in Pōneke (Wellington), where he reads the patterns of seaweeds, and where birds wait for him to surface. Striving outwards and inwards, upwards and downwards, these floating branches are a softly turning vortex, stirred by the rythms of tides and winds.
Circlets of manulua (‘two birds’) suggest a mat for feasting or to lay upon and dream, while the energy of Fanua strives beyond its border, patterning, repatterning, and rebirthing.
—Writer, Dr Billie Lythberg