' Tamapua ( Gods ) 2001 <Ask
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Andosite, series of 80 - sizes variable, approx. 27 x 19 x 15 cm each.
" tongi e fu maka ke mou mamata ki hono tu 'uanga nofo pe a maka mo ' ene manatu ki te fanau oku nau fafangu - the stone is carved for all to see, behold where it stands, the stone waits, filled with the past, for the children of tomorrow . This sculptural installation is about fishing up the old gods for a new age. Each god is slightly different in scale, proportion and sex, made of nature but fashioned by man - unique - yet similar, linked like us, all by human experience. The gods sit on a grid pattern referencing te kupenga o tangaloa (god of the ocean ). "
Tohi - Born 1959 - Tongan
Tohi was born in Tonga in 1959. He migrated to New Zealand in 1978 when he was nineteen. He has lived in New Plymouth since 1982. He has an established reputation as a carver and has exhibited widely including the International Symposium of Stone Sculpture in Japan, 1996, the Fifth Lyon biennial Arts Festival, 2000 hosted by the Musee National des Artes 'Afrique et d' Oceanie and the Tautai Sculpture Symposiums in 1997 and 2001. He has been a carving tutor at the Rangimarie Arts and Crafts Centre and at New Plymouth Prison. Currently he is a full-time artist and a part-time tutor at the Taranaki Polytechnic.