Natural Machine

Maiangi Waitai, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1999.
See full details

Object Detail


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
Measurements
1360 x 550 x 245mm
Media
painted wood construction
Description
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

Colours

Share

Nationality:
Ethnicity:
Accession Number:
1999/12/2

Part of 1 highlight set