Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Series Exhibition
In 2020, Michel Tuffery collaborated with Dr Karlo Mila to create the narrated and animated Mana Moana 2020 Meditation (digitalocean.manamoana.co.nz). 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.
—Writer, Dr Billie Lythberg
First exhibited at Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Exhibition
The Central Art Gallery
Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
5 February – 7 March 2021
The student and the exhibition share a special bond though the name of the course and the subject of Tuffs works. ‘The name Takere refers to the hull of a canoe. The hull of a waka is also the place where our voyaging tīpuna stored the resources and taonga necessary for their journey as they moved across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean.’
Tuffs gave the students a private artist-talk and they finished the session by joining together for a waiata.