PŪTAHI 5 i Tahiti

PŪTAHI 5 i Tahiti, was an indigenous visual arts gathering hosted by the Centre des Metiers dʻArt, in Papeʻete from 16-30 June 2017. This gathering brought together visual artists from across the Pacific, including Tonga, New Caledonia, Hawaiʻi, Cook Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand, and French Polynesia. During our time together, we created work, shared stories, techniques, collaborated with each other, and enjoyed each others company. Opportunities like this allow us to establish lasting relationships with new friends and reaffirms those that exist with old ones. Sharing space with other visual artists from the Pacific was truly a rejuvenating experience. Even though at times we had difficulty communicating with one another, we each reawakened our ancestral bonds we share. Here are a couple of pictures of our time together and some of the work created.

Kōkō ‘Ula, Second Saturday event

On Saturday June 10, Bamboo Ridge is hosting a book reading of their journal, issue #110 at the Louis Pohl Gallery from 1-3pm. I am the featured visual artist in this issue and my work is used as the cover art. If you are free, come on by and meet some of the contributors to the issue and I will be doing a netting demonstration too. Kōkō ‘Ula runs until Friday, July 28.

Kōkō ʻUla

Marques Hanalei Marzan

Kōkō ʻUla (The Cherished Carrying Net)

Tuesday 30 May – Friday 28 July 2017

Artist Reception: Friday 02 June, First Friday 6:00-8:30 pm

Artist Statement:

Respect is the foundation to understanding Hawaiian thought and world view. It is given to all things, from the upland forests to the vast expanse of the ocean, from the foods that provide sustenance to the hands that nurture and care for us. This intimate network of relationships holds us all accountable to one another.

When we are born, we are cradled in our mother’s arms. As a child, we are taught by our elders the connections we have with our world. As an adult, we strengthen that commitment to our world and create the next generation to carry on that responsibility. As an elder, we share the values that time has taught us. Respect is given and received over our lifetime and in time, when we can no longer walk because of old age, we are carried by our family in nets, ka i kōkō. The bonds created in this world do not cease when we get old and infirm, it is rather a time when our commitment needs to be its strongest. The wisdom of our kūpuna are treasures that deserve our utmost respect.

In the past, the kōkō, net carrier, was used to care for and protect our food and personal possessions when travelling, as well as our elders who were no longer able to walk on their own. This vessel, a physical manifestation of respect serves as a reminder to never forget that we are all connected, and are never truly alone.

Maui Brewing Company commission

Last month, I finished installing a commissioned work for the Maui Brewing Company, Waikīkī location. Here are a couple of pictures of the work in place. There are three sections of cord work in the restaurant. The main section is 29 feet wide and 9 feet tall, pictured above. The second piece is 25 feet wide and 4 feet tall. The last section, not shown, is 8 feet wide and 5 feet tall. They are all inspired by Hawaiian chiefly carrying nets, kōkō puʻupuʻu.