Artists talk: Friday, October 21, 5:30pm, as part of Art Crawl
Essay by Fiona P. McDonald
The exhibition is proudly presented by A Space Gallery and imagineNATIVE.
The publication is proudly presented by A Space Gallery, imagineNATIVE, and VTape.
In their Canadian exhibition premiere, partners and creative collaborators Rona Ngahuia Osborne and Dan Mace present three video works connected by wairua, a Maori word for “spirit” or “soul.” Wairua also refers to universal energy, which is a thread evident in the videos presented, each of which utilize abstract personification and sound to explore the Earth (the four triptych piece Elemental), the stars (the seven monitor work Whetūrangi), and human ritual (Te Taki, which welcomes visitors into the gallery with a challenge and an invitation to communicate).
Rona exhibits regularly in both group and solo shows. She has returned to the wilds of Northland, where she lives and works with her husband Dan Mace and two daughters.
Dan acknowledges his mixed Maori and Irish heritage when discussing his practice.
Both cultures have rich histories of visual communication through traditional art forms such as carving, weaving, performance, and jewellery. Dan's use of digital media to convey narrative and emotional experience could be described as a contemporary manifestation of indigenous storytelling.
True to his moniker, Dan works with his partner Rona Ngahuia Osborne from a remote mountainous location in the distant far north of Aotearoa New Zealand.