new zealand (born 1959)

And The Lord said to Moses: Why criest thou to me? Speak to the children of Israel to go forward. But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch forth thy hand over the sea, and divide it: that the children of Israel may go through the midst of the sea on dry ground. [Exodus XIV; v 15-16]

Influenced by contemporary road-sign patterns, materials and 21st century navigational symbols which guide us now, and referencing navigational signs of pre-colonial Pacific migrations; this is a version of the Polynesian weaving pattern Aramoana (pathway to the sea).

Niki Hastings-McFall
 Red Moana 2006-2007
diamond grade reflective roadsign
vinyl on clear acrylic
collection of the artist
courtesy of FHE Galleries
and Judith Anderson Gallery

Niki Hastings-McFall’s sculpture makes an instantaneous reference to the famed Polynesian pattern known as Aramoana, or pathway to the sea. Like an abstract sign of waves in rapid movement, the design conjures up notions of huge voyages across expansive oceans.

The artist’s use of scale and colour to convey the presence of anticipation as well as risk is immediately apparent. She invokes the pleasures and dangers of oceanic voyages.