Natural Machine

Maiangi Waitai, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1999.
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About the Work
“There are two works by Maiangi Waitai in the collection and choosing one was difficult. Both could be seen as a path to the artist’s current work. Waitai’s work feels unique and instantly identifiable as her own. The work is accessible, in a way that strikes me as generous and inviting. The anthropomorphic structure of ‘Natural Machine’ makes me think of Waitai’s more recent work ‘Atea-ā-Rangi-Interstellar’ (shown at the Dowse in 2019). This installation is a vibrant, celebratory, re-imagining of the oral history traditions relating to the Matariki constellation.” – Frances Stachl (Ngāpuhi) ‘Ōku Kōwhiri - My Choice’ autmun 2024
1360 x 550 x 245mm
painted wood construction
Wooden construction of a figure painted in white with purple lines on their mustard yellow face, blue feet, a yellow triangle at their middle, and a red curved bow form in its left hand.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1999
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
11 Jun 1999



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