Oamaru landscape inspires art

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The Forrester Gallery’s most recent exhibition will resonate with Oamaruvians because its inspiration came from the area.

Korero Koe; Korero Au (You Speak; I speak), by Moana Tipa, opened at the gallery last Saturday and will run until the middle of November.

Tipa, who is based in Timaru but originally from Moeraki, said the works were developed over a period of time and were inspired by the land.

They were influenced by the notes of her ancestor Joseph Tipa about the waka Arai Te Uru and 138 survivors whose names were given to the landscape in between Kaikoura and Kaitangata in the South Island and the celestial navigational pattern “Te Ka o Makali’i” that guided Māori and Polynesian voyagers through the South Pacific Ocean.

Some researchers believe the waka Arai Te Uru beached at Matakaea (Shag Point), North Otago, about 800 years ago. Others say it existed only in spirit, she said.

“The work is inspired by my southern Māori ancestors.”

The exhibition is being shown for the first time and the Forrester Gallery is the perfect place because it is in the location where the art is based, Tipa said.

“It think it’s important that we have some understanding of the names in the landscape here.”

The exhibition will be on display at the Forrester Gallery until Sunday, November 16.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

INSPIRED BY THE LAND: Artist Moana Tipa with one of the artworks in her exhibition Korero Koe; Korero Au (You Speak; I speak) currently on display at the Forrester Gallery.