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Vanessa Wiarata Edwards

Puna Letterpress Print 5/14 | FRAMED

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    Puna Letterpress Print 5/14 | FRAMED

    These works stemmed from the thinking space before creating my larger works for my Masters of Māori Visual arts 2023, through Toioho Ki Apiti, Massey University Palmerston North. These works were made on a letter-press as I wanted to learn how they operated and I found you needed to stack and space the lettering to fit like a puzzle. I kept thinking of the land and strata, the layers of the land, also how we layer our histories up one version on top of the next. While making these kupu-papa (Kupu - word, papa - layer) or layered word works I was thinking about that and making connections between words, revealing relationships that connect them, like our own whakapapa.

    My research looked at the effects of the introduction of the printing press to Aotearoa. This took me on a journey into history and the coming of the letter-press driven by the missionaries in the hopes of evangelising and civilising Māori. Indoctrination was one of the first strategic steps of colonisation. Once you colonise the spirit and the beliefs the rest comes.

    PUNA stacks 5 kupu on each other from top to bottom it reads; PU, PUNA, TĪPUNA, MOKOPUNA, TUPUNA. Translating to: PU - the original source - the big bang that created the universe PUNA - the spring of life, the source TĪPUNA - ancestors of the celestial realm, those who we all came from MOKOPUNA - descendents of the human realm, those who come after you TUPUNA - human ancestors of the human realm, those who came before you PU is the connector here and is acknowledged as one of those special tiny words that hold so much power that in the very whakapapa of human existence PU is present at every level reminding us that we all came from stardust. It is named PUNA to remind us we all came from the spring, and require water to survive. The third in this series is called WHAKAPONO which translates to the word for faith.

    Framed - Width - 387mm x Height 535mm


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    Due to Vanessa Wairata Edward's print process & approach, there may be variations within the colours and textures - making each print unique in nature. The overall essence of the print will remain the same & remain true to the visual representation seen within the imagery.

    The 'in situ mockup' is merely an example of visual representation within an environment and it does not truly reflect the size of the print. Please refer to the measurements above for the exact dimensions of this work. 


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    Puna Letterpress Print 5/14 | FRAMED
    Puna Letterpress Print 5/14 | FRAMED
    Puna Letterpress Print 5/14 | FRAMED
    Puna Letterpress Print 5/14 | FRAMED

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