There's A Ribbon In The Sky...



A shared narrative with Poverty Bay when England 'discovered' Aotearoa in 1769 - and Trinity Inlet here in Cairns Australia.  Mixed memories of Aotearoa, Narnia and the Southern Hemisphere - TROPICS of CAPRICORN


Ribbons in the sky and ribbons through the water, fluidity, continuity and embracing arms in opposite corners. Stevie Wonder weavin'in the workshop- woven into the story.   "As above so below."  Bridging Heaven and Earth     

 The sun theme comes from a squid carving in a photo of my mother at Maori Women's Welfare League Waikawa marae opening. There is also an undocumented sketch (painted) from the photo left.


"This candle is really going to be burning for the joy that we've experienced in the past, the sorrows and pains of the past, for the joys that we've experienced today and are experiencing today in those sorrows and pains and the energies of love and positivity of all those times as we burn a candle for tomorrow" - Stevie Wonder -Detroit 1984.
The good life in a premodern post colonial diaspora. Carrying not the cold of Europe but 'a candle for tomorrow"      
Maiia: Painted while reading aloud C.S Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia.  In one book Lewis has Reepicheep the warrior mouse rows off in faith- "furtherest East" which I happen to know something about.   
Further in to the construction process of the painting Reepicheep is parked up under a mango tree in panel two. Later he disappears altogether from the picture.  
  Make you  
wonder at the mind of the immigrant carrying the cold of their history and hemisphere.  Why reconstruct a poor system from an old drawing board? 

Julian Young "What's with the lion in the rainforest?"   

This work followed   Hope    -also with a sun theme.  THAT AHA Moment.  reCognition.

Maiia: This piece 250 years of colonialism was created while reading aloud The Chronicles of Narnia By C.S Lewis.


Known as C.S - not Clive -he was a scholarly Irish Christian writer in the first half of the 20th century.  The principal narrative comes from  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Reepicheep the courageous warrior mouse rows off in all faith to the "furtherest East" which I happen to know something about.  You can't be get much further East than Gisborne (first city of the sun) in Aotearoa. And the continent of many nations we call Australia. (Except for this place where Russia joins to Alaska where the Indigenous people arent allowed to fish and practise their culture...) 


But when Reepicheep the warrior rows in to the New World in 1769 and 1770... 250 years back... I read it with memories of Young Nicks Head and the massive hullabaloo of the bicentenial in 1969.  Mrs Smith the dutifully telling us was named after Captain Cooks cabin boy - who 'discovered' New Zealand) - like Botany Bay in New South Wales.  And 


Trinity Inlet of far North Queensland- as  visioned from The Aquatic/Yacht Club.  Cooks journals document the magnificence of trees that still grow at Palm Cove today.     Mer Island 


  Ribbon in the Sky - Five 1.m panels














"As above so below." The energy of light- On Earth as it is in Heaven.


Further into the creation Reepicheep is parked up under a mango tree in panel two. Later still he disappeared altogether from the picture. I was wondering at the minds of the Europeans that they carried the cold of England with them - why did they go roads and fences and banks when they could have been relaxing, fishing and gardening. Grateful for the wonderous fertile world of warmth and plenty.


They named this part of Aotearoa -POVERTY Bay Whangara - where The Whalerider was filmed

Hope -also with a sun theme. It began with the three centre panels - other two added into the design months later.

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