Although we are all interconnected, we cannot connect to
anything if we are disconnected from our own spiritual reality. My
challenge is to create an installation that presents the reality of
spirituality within a contemporary Maori context.
A context that includes the social, political and spiritual
realities of our time. A place of primordial connection to our
spirit. A physical space that symbolises non physical reality. A
place we carry within that connects us to a multidimensional
intelligence. A place that holds our potential to grow. The light
that photosynthesises unknown into known. It's an artwork that
symbolises a place of self identification with our spirit.
The Temple of Potential is five circles that fit within each other
- the largest circle with an 8000 mm diameter. The five circles
hang like a chandelier, with a series of artworks that represent
universal symbols, the natural elements, sacred geometry and
primordial power. The centre circle represents humanity's
primordial point of connection.
This artwork is my attempt to locate a physical space for non
physical connection. A temple of direct personal connection to
oneself. Designed to support the idea that we all are born with a
spirit that is connected to a multidimensional reality. This temple
is a symbolic creation to intensify the reality of our
This project is part of my Masters of Philosophy (MPHIL), which is
a practicing Masters in Art and Design at AUT (Auckland University
of Technology). This involves a 10,000 word research paper and an
artwork. My thesis is research into the Spirit or Wairua within a
contemporary Maori Art context. My research method is Indigenous
"Grounded within a resistance based discourse, indigenous auto
ethnography aims to address issues of social justice and to develop
social change by engaging indigenous researchers in rediscovering
their own voices ... the desire to ground ones sense of self in
what remains sacred to us as indigenous peoples in the world we
live and the way we choose to construct our identity, as Maori."
Your generous donations will help me to build the chandelier
structure from which the art hangs, as well as cover the costs of
materials to create artworks, including painting, design, lighting,
music and performance. The work must be ready for exhibition at the
end of February 2018 - together we can bring my vision to
Thanks for your support.