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Brett Graham (Ngāti Korokī Kahukura) is a sculptor who creates large-scale artworks and installations that explore indigenous histories, politics and philosophies. He works from Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).
Puhikaioreore II, is part of an ongoing series Tangaroa Piri Whare, the Māori expression that describes the omnipresent power of the sea. The series has considered the devastating effects of tsunamis in the Pacific, caused by climate change. The two new works extend this idea to the polar regions, where the melting of the ice caps has accelerated in recent years. Brett draws upon the customs of Maori carving, producing large scale sculptures and installations that explore indigenous histories, politics and philosophies. His works recontextualizes these practices, within the language of contemporary art, as portrayed in this recent, stunning work Puhikaioreore II, made from beechwood.
Puhikaioreore II, 2021
Beechwood & cream lacquer
1030mm x 500mm