About the Artist
Christchurch-based artist, Mandy Cherry Joass will be running an interactive painterly installation at The Colombo on the night. Be sure to stop by and take part!
Joass graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2015 with of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. While studying she won a number of prizes and scholarships. In her current practice she is using raranga (weaving) as a metaphor to explore themes relating to postcolonial identity.
Joass is expanding on traditional Maori imagery, techniques and materials to acknowledge the dichotomous accounts of these early interactions, which when woven together form the fabric of a bicultural society. She is a descendant of the first European settlers to arrive in New Zealand and also of Ngapuhi Whakapapa, and she expresses her biculturalism through her work.
About the Work:
Poi Play Spin Paint Station invites people of all ages to take a moment and playfully create something beautiful.
Alongside an installation inside The Colombo, join the artist and create a series of abstract 'spin' paintings that reflect the beautiful spinning motion created by poi featured in her installation.
Take one home for a donation and leave one behind to add to the installation.
Poi for performance and play, originated from harakiki ki (small flax basket) made to carry Moa eggs. The ki was also used as a training device to enhance agility and coordination for battle.
Joass’s aim is to encourage a fun interaction with Maori culture and to momentarily draw the viewer away from the modern digital devices which dominate our lives.