Layers of Time

19 October, 2019
Layers of Time

This installation is 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 artworks are the result of questions, discussions and livelong reflections on belonging and what it means to be connected to place.

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Layers of Time is a multimedia installation circling around a glass vessel filled with muka (fibre from harakeke).

When I process muka in order to spin it, there are bits and pieces not suitable for that purpose. Not willing to through anything away I collect the residues in a jar and eventually the time I spent with these beautiful fibres becomes visible in unexpected dimensions

Layers of Time

How do we spend our time and what effect does that have on us and others?

I choose to spend endless hours with muka, completely absorbed by watching, feeling, smelling the fibres - listening to the plant I love. What is she teaching me? Where is she leading me? I can only hear her when I‘m still. Moment by moment, breath by breath we are growing together, riding the wave of something bigger then us. Time becomes visible layer by layer. Organic matter builds up and with time will reduce back into soil.

All my muka art works from the "Listening to the Land" exhibition are represented in the glass vessel of this installation.

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Muka (fibre of harakeke) in a glass vessel, some of it dyed with harakeke seed pods & toatoa); photographs connected by hand spun muka yarn; audio-video installation. Watch the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4jGPzIpRij/

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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