This new body of work by Areta Wilkinson refers to time passed during lockdown in her studio and times passed in reference to stone age technologies used to create her works.
The time space continuum in Te Ao Māori is not chronological. Past present and even future can occupy the same space. This concept gives context and nourishment to the artist’s creative life during a two month making period as she recorded extraordinary times. Wilkinson has produced precious pieces utilising age-old stone implements (hammer and anvil stones) with fine materials through a concentrated studio practice. The hammer stones sourced from Ngāi Tahu awa imprint their own textured narrative of millennia into metal. Considering Te Ao Māori the resulting works have many conceptual whakapapa layers sitting beneath them of time and place, time past and time passed – a repetitive, and methodical recitation.
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of Creative New Zealand