Cultural Incisions

4 to 23 September 2017

  1. KA WHAWHAI TONU MĀTOU
    Muka, Hoheria, Kuta, embroidery thread, fabric veil
    1400 x 280 x 350 mm
    2017
    $1,800
  2. CROWN v MĀORI v IWI
    Muka, Hoheria, embroidery thread, fabric veil
    1300 x 300 x 360 mm
    2017
    $1,800
  3. THE NEW ORDER CALLED THEM PATRIOTS AS THEY LUSTED AFTER TE WHENUA
    Hoheria, cotton, embroidery thread, fabric veil
    1350 x 350 x 400 mm
    2017
    $1,800
  4. ALL SWARMED BEHIND THE LOFTY NEW ORDER BUT AS IT ADVANCED A DARKNESS COVERED TE WHENUA
    Hoheria, cotton, embroidery thread, fabric veil
    1350 x 400 x 350 mm
    2017
    $1,800

Four judges wigs woven from Muka, Hoheria, Kuta and cotton with veils (aria), the veils to hide what lies beneath.

Diane Princes' first time in court was Bastion Point, her first experience of knowing the law "wasn't there for us". The law, she says, legitimises the dominant culture.

Notes on the works

Ka Whawhai Tony Mātou - we will fight on

Te Whenua

Whenua, land, also part of the birthing process. In this exhibition the use of Te Whenua references the land specific to here but also to others and other lands. Diane has deliberately kept open the notion Te Whenua acknowledging that others in their past have a history of displacement, dispossession and otherness. We've inherited a system, imposed on others too. While it's been part of our colonial system it's a system worldwide.

  1. Kuta, a culturally significant wetland plant, highly endangered, symbolising in this instance how precious everything is.
  2. Text is deliberately back to front, so not straight forward or transparent.
  3. Hoheria or Houhere (lacebark or ribbonwood) The fibrous inner bark layer is soaked for six weeks in water after which the layers can be peeled away leaving the soft fibrous material. It was used for bandages and to swaddle babies as it is so soft against the skin. In this work the Hoheria is unravelling, questioning.