Day 5: 60-80 visitors

Network no. 1 by Michelle Backhouse

Network no. 1 by Michelle Backhouse

Detail of "Domino Theory"  by Sen McGlinn

Detail of “Domino Theory” by Sen McGlinn


Day 4 – six new sculptures are finished!

Installation by Adrienne Spratt, Brenda Tuuta + Jenny“Te Kahu o patupaiarehe I tenei mara,” installation utilizing plants from the property (harakeke, mamaku + other ferns) by Adrienne Spratt, Brenda Tuuta + Jenny from the Wānanga O Aotearoa in Palmerston North.

They made two site specific installations weaving ferns, ponga and harakeke.


 Adrienne, Jenny + Brenda

Detail of a sculpture by Sen McGlinn
Detail of the sculpture, “Lemon Squeezer” by Sen McGlinn made out of nine tanalized fence posts.

Sculptural kete by Elaine Bevan in collaboration with Barry Tahoaroa Watson and Kahui KingSculptural kete by Elaine Bevan in collaboration with Barry Tahoaroa Watson and Kahui King.
Left to Right: Korowai | Cascading, Tī Pare Rau | Caesars Crown, Ngā Makawe o Pakotī | The Hair of the Mother of flax.

Cover up by Sonja van Kerkhoff

Āraitia | Cover up by Sonja van Kerkhoff

sculpture in the land – day two

Stone Sculpture by Filipe TohiStone Sculpture by Filipe Tohi in the Otaki Forks Artspace grounds. The lower sculpture (left) is carved in Andesite stone (here volcanic hard stone from Taranaki) is based on Lalava (ancient South Pacific forms of lashing). The sculpture above (top right) combines Andesite stone (volcanic hard stone from Taranaki) with stones from Taranki.

Filipe Tohi who now lives in Auckland was one of the founders of the Te Kupenga international stone sculpture symposium which is held every two years in New Plymouth.

Rubbish Blooms - The Steve and The Joy by Sonja van Kerkhoff
Rubbish Blooms – “The Steve” and “The Joy” by Sonja van Kerkhoff. Each ‘flower’ is made from the rubbish donated by the person or family it is named after.
“The Steve” is an arrangement of 9 milk containers while “The Joy” are discarded rubber gloves complemented with bunches of bubble plastic.

Sonja’s 2013 collection of “Rubbish Blooms”.

Works in progress by Matt Pine Works in progress by Matt Pine. These sculptures are part of a series of works on journeys and sails.

Brenda Tuuta, raranga weaver

Brenda Tuuta
Welcome to Brenda who is a last minute addition to the line up for “Kei Te Tārai O Te Whenua”

Iwi: Ngati Mutunga; Moriori

I have been weaving for fourteen years now and started my raranga journey with kaiako Adrienne Spratt at Kapiti Island. This meeting has led to starting my Masters in Maori Visual Arts this year.

I am presently a Raranga Kaiako at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Papaioea (Palmerston North) and love every minute of it. It is great to be working with a medium I am so passionate about and to be surrounded by like-minded people.

Woven by Brenda Tuuta

Woven by Brenda Tuuta

Elaine Bevan, weaver in harakeke (flax) and other materials

Elaine BevanNgāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Wehiwehi
She lives in Otaki with her family.

My interest in weaving stems back to my childhood observing the skilful hands of my cousin transforming the blades of harakeke into beautiful functional kete. Years later whilst carrying my first child, the journey began. Harakeke and pīngao grew abundantly where I lived at the time. I’ve always admired fine intricate work and I’m constantly inspired by the exquisite taonga created by our tupuna. For the past 25 years I have enjoyed weaving and experimenting with our traditional plant materials and dyes. Ideas for designs tend to emerge as my work progresses.

Woven by Elaine BevanI graduated with a Bachelor of Design & Art now known as ‘ Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai ‘at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in 2001. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

I am currently sharing a teaching position in Heke Toi Whakarākai (Diploma in Design & Art) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa (Otaki) and I appreciate the opportunity to share, hopefully inspire and be inspired with others who share the same interest.

Iwi art and design

Joy Wilkie, curator of Otaki Forks Artspace, Kapiti Coast

Otaki Forks Artspace

Otaki Forks Artspace

Joy Wilkie (Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngai Te Rangi) curates Otaki Forks Artspace and hosted this 5 day land art sculpture symposium. Works by 9 artists were in the bush, in the groves, among the trees, on the lawn. Other works by these artists were also in the gallery.

Joy lived in Paris for eight years taking in the opportunities to see a lot of contemporary art and be moved by it. She returned home with a heightened awareness of the beauty of the Otaki coast and the Tararua Ranges. She worked as coordinator for the “Real Art Roadshow” for its first three years. This is a truck fitted out like a gallery which takes contemporary NZ art to schools all around the country.

She began using her home and property as a gallery space in 2010 and hosted shows by artists: Michelle Backhouse, Malcolm Pittuck, Neville Smitheram, and Edward Walton.
In collaboration with Bill Milbank (who was director of the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, 1978 – 2006, and now manages “WHMilbank Gallery” ( as well as continuing as a guest curator) “Touching Trusttum – Paintings by Philip Trusttum” a selection of works from three decades by Philip Trusttum was shown in Otaki Forks Artspace in 2011.
Read the review “Art Off the Beaten Track” by Mark Amery.

Another show in 2011 was “Where does this come from? A selection of works by Seven Artists” showing works by, Gerald Barnett – Whangarei (now Sydney), Terry Craig – Tucson, Arizona (now Albuquerque, New Mexico), Gary Freemantle, Rotorua (now Shannon), Rob McLeod – Glasgow (now Wellington), Neville Smitheram – Dunedin, (now Levin), Sue Soo – China (now Wellington), Philip Trusttum – Raetihi (then Christchurch). The show focused on traces of origins in the diverse artists’ works.

Conference of the Birds by Michelle Backhouse, 2011

Conference of the Birds
by Michelle Backhouse, 2011

The May 2011 show “Double-Sided” featured works inspired by Joy’s passion for screens (she is crazy about Robert Rauschenberg’s 1954 “Minutiae” created for the stage). The artists in this show were: Michelle Backhouse, Janet Bayly, Gary Freemantle, Rob McLeod, Neville Smitheram. Michelle Backhouse made a wire screen called “The conference of the Birds” while Gary Freemantle created mud paintings on frost cloth which fitted into the windows of the gallery space.

Otaki Forks Artspace
83 Kaitawa Road, Otaki Gorge
8 km inland from Highway 1 along the Otaki Gorge Road.
06-364 2044

Adrienne Spratt, raranga weaver in harakeke, pīngao + kiekie

Still from a video:  Adrienne SprattBorn:
1966, Paraparaumu, Aotearoa | New Zealand and is of Czechoslovakian, Irish and Scottish descent.

She lives in Waikanae.

Degree in Māori Visual Arts (Massey University) Palmerston North, 2013.

Still from a two minute video made by The South Pacific Art Company (watch this on youtube) who represent her work in Ireland and the U.K.

Cloak by Adrienne Spratt, 2007

Cloak by Adrienne Spratt, 2007. Collection of Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), Wellington, Aotearoa | New Zealand.
Materials: flax, copper alloy, thread, aniline dye

Dimensions: 900 (Height) x 650 (Width) x 50 mm.

Woven object by Adrienne Spratt, 2011

Woven object by Adrienne Spratt, 2011

2013:  “Arohaehae, Raranga, Whiri, Whatu – Adrienne Spratt”
Review of her exhibition at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae.
15 Nov – 15 Dec 2013.

2009: “Tūhura”
group exhibition at Gallery 118, 118 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, U.K.