Title:  Wheku

Artist:  Arumaki Pasene-Grennell

Iwi:  Ngāti Maniapoto, Aitutaki, Tāhiti, Niue

Description:  Contemporary clay mask

Wheku is the Māori depiction of a human face, a carved figure situated on the gable of an ancestral meeting house

Materials:  Various clays, mask is cast from a mould, with variations of glaze and oxide finishes

Dimensions:  Approx. 160mm X 135mm


Arumaki Pasene Grennell

Ngāti Maniapoto, Niue, Aitutaki, Tāhiti Arumaki creates taonga pūoro (traditional musical instruments) and decorative Māori & Pacific art from clay both traditional and contemporary using natural, traditional and modern materials.  He is mostly self-taught in regard to making and playing taonga pūoro, drawing inspiration from past and present practitioners. Recently he had the privilege to be mentored by Jerome Kavanagh who teaches whakapapa (genealogy), pūrākau (traditional stories) and sound healing qualities.  His goal is to share taonga pūoro with as many people possible, so that one day they will be enjoyed far and wide. Arumaki has a Diploma in Māori Design & Art Dip DA from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Degree in Digital & Graphic Design at Whitireia Polytechnic, Student of the Ōtaki Pottery Club,  He is currently studying a Degree in Whakairo – traditional Māori Carving at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Red Clay No Eyes, Red Clay Pāua Eyes, White Clay No Eyes, White Clay Pāua Eyes


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