Call of the Moana (2021) Shell Series 2-4
Ink and found object
'This shell reminded me of the Pacific, as a hibiscus reminds us of our location this shell that I found in a commercial store felt out of place so I bought it to adorn patterns as a way to connect it back to the moana.
This time of year, there are cyclones that cause devastation upon many of the islands and while I was making this work, I began thinking of how our communities survive and recover after events that sometimes destroy multiple villages or whole island communities.
May this shell call back to a land we refer to as home and also remind us of our connection to ocean over vast spaces of water.' - Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Cora-Allan Wickliffe (Maori, Niuean) - Ngapuhi, Tainui/ Alofi, Liku, is a multidisciplinary artist of Māori and Niue descent, originally from Waitakere. She has recently returned to Aotearoa after working at the Walter Phillips Art Gallery in Banff, Canada. Her work often explores and examines constructed representations of Indigenous people and is always developing new ways of creating preferred representations. Cora-Allan has worked in the creative industry as a Curator, Preparator, Photographer, Artist and Educator. In 2013 she completed her Masters in Visual Art and Design from AUT, also receiving an AUT Postgraduate Deans award for her research and excellence. She is the Curator and Exhibitions Manager at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, is a founding member of BC COLLECTIVE and is a maker of Hiapo (Niuean Barkcloth).
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