Beauty and the Beast

19 September, 2019
Beauty and the Beast

These pieces are part of a body of work I created for "Listening to the Land - An Exploration of Connection to Place" - a pop up exhibition my artist friends Sally Hikaka, Hugh Cargill and myself have created in 2019. All our diverse artworks are the result of questions, discussions and livelong reflections on belonging and what it means to be connected to place.

Beauty and the Beast

The story of these photographs begins with a conceptual yarn, spun from muka and possum fibre.

In this yarn story muka shall be “Beauty“ embodying the local, the beloved, the good.
Possum fibre in contrast stands for the “Beast“ embodying the alien, the hated, the bad.

By bringing these two together I‘m asking questions: What if - just like in the fairytale - Beauty would fall in love with the Beast? What if they would entwine their unique qualities to create something new? What if humans, regardless of where they come from, would use the gift of consciousness? Could they create balance and beauty in the here and now?

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Photographs of Taranaki andesite & hand spun muka / possum yarn (some of it dyed with harakeke seed pods), printed on fine art paper - Limited Edition 1/10

Yarn and Weaving: hand spun muka and possum (botanically dyed with harakeke seed pods and toatoa leaves) on Taranaki andesite.

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More about the story behind Beauty and the Beast can be found on my blog: http://www.islafabu.com/blog/beauty-and-the-beast-a-conceptional-yarn

Check out Sally's blog for more about the origin of "Listening to the Land - An Exploration of Connection to Place" http://www.pirihirajames.com/blog/listening-to-the-land-an-exploration-of-connection-to-place