Wheku

A Wheku is a carved representation of a human face, it is commonly seen as a Koruru the head of an ancestor, depicted at the gable of a wharenui (tribal meeting house).

These Wheku forms give reference to the abstract nature of traditional carvings, but not disguising the fact it is made today with modern tools and methods. I look to showcase traditional Maori ideas with the skills and techniques that I have learned in my formal design training, to help better reflect who I am as a modern urban Maori.

Materials are Vitex timber board. Pāua and bone eye inserts. Linseed oil and acrylic paint finish.

TOIKIPA. 2014 RELEASE.