- Well this year is dancing to a rich completion.
- During October we offered a scholarship to an extraordinary young man. Hemi.He has just completed a three week scholarship at Muriwai Earthskin and says having his own style is important. “I use soil from the the area when I go somewhere”. “The main objective is to create work aligned with the surroundings.”
The residency at the eco house is usually given to artists with more experience than Hemi. He says it was a privilege to work in such an inspiring place in the bush.
Aboriginal friends he made while living in Australia introduced him to using dirt. ” It can last from two days, two years or two decades,” Hemi says, “It can have a life span of 25,000 years.” Hemi mixes it with a glue like substance and makes a wide range of colours.
Noa, his beautiful partner, expresses the beauty of what he calls forward: “My love, creates ancestors in colour and earth, boards cloaked in ancient warrior… calling he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. The people, the people, the people.”
Hemi will exhibit at the Muriwai Arts Trail at Houghton’s Bush Camp on November 20 and 21st. www.muriwaiarts.co.nz
Hemi’s message to the house or whare at Muriwai Earthskin is:
“To this peaceful whare. Where the stars are our dream lights, enshrouded in tane mahuta’s cloak, down by the pond, near the forest onto the black sand of muriwai, the longer you stay the longer you sleep/ rest, the harder it is to leave but not forever.”
Residency artist Hemi to exhibit at Whetu Rangimarie Gallery