Tāmata Reo keychain by Vicktoria Johnson
Laser engraved against wood, 75mm x 75mm
The symbol engraved upon this wooden keychain, shares how language is shaped and defined by community. This pictorial portrays many hands that are gathered around the text of Tāmata Reo, which is shaped as an eyeball. The eyeball is symbolic of perspective. Language is a social construct, a means of understanding and engaging with the world around us. This keychain sits alongside other works of Tāmata Reo, meaning to revitalise language. Te Reo Māori is one of many polynesian languages. By colonisation, this project seeks to reclaim my languages.
Vicktoria Johnson is a moana artist/designer of Maori and Niue heritage living in Tamaki Makaurau. Her mahi toi is influenced by her lived experience. Art as a means to challenge the norm, Johnson's mahi constantly responds to the societal structure that she exists in. Tāmata Reo is to reclaim, to revitalise language as a means to navigate.
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