Neke Moa (b.1971), Artist 2016 © All rights reserved See full details
Neke Moa is an adornment and object artist who works closely with Pounamu (New Zealand jade or greenstone). Using traditional techniques such as hoanga (hand-held grinding stones) as well as electric machinery and diamond tools, Moa intertwines the customs of her ancestry with modern-day practices. In doing so, she manifests a spiritual continuation of whakapapa that reaches back and reminds us of Te Ao Kohatu (The Age of Stone). Furthermore, Moa makes an important link between the whakapapa of materials, the making process, and the functions of body adornment and their role in producing feelings of belonging to culture, people and place. Moa unveils narratives of the place objects and taonga (treasures) have in producing and maintaining peoples relationships to deities, communities, whānau and culture.
various, allow 350 x 350mm for installation of all 8 pieces
Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2017