Current Image Diary for Fiona Clark artist & visual activist
Te iwi o te wāhi kore
The leaves that are placed amongst this work, Te iwi o te wāhi kore, are from the kawakawa tree. This tree grows throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Kawakawa has medicinal properties and is regarded for its innate power and life-giving properties.
The leaves are used in many ways and plays important roles in Māori tikanga (rituals and customs) and rongoā (medicine).
Here, we have placed kawakawa on the images of those that have passed into the spiritual world.
Each week, we (myself and descendants of these people) gather fresh kawakawa leaves from a relevant site and bring them to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. By placing these leaves on the image we acknowledge the active life force of these people. Then we return the dried leaves to replenish the source.
This act indicates that these people are alive and present in this room; conscious of the continued despoliation of their lands and fortifying the efforts of their descendants who work to protect and restore this environment.
The leaves from 12 January 2017.