The Mana Moana: HNL/AKL exhibition featured work from an artist exchange between Honolulu (Hawai‘i) and Auckland (New Zealand). Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos spent time with contemporary Maori artist Star Gossage in Pakiri, New Zealand. In turn, Gossage traveled to Enos’ home on the Wai‘anae Coast of O‘ahu. Each painted in their homelands and the places they visited.
The construct of the exchange was inspired by a cultural movement — one that seeks to renew ancestral ties and interconnectivity between Pacifica peoples.
“Through Mana Moana, the artists discovered that living and painting in a village in rural New Zealand and painting in an urban environment in Honolulu produce the same regard and custom of aloha ʻāina (love of land) and matemateaone (a longing for place and for people) that bring you to new understandings of the heart. While the land is the physical plane that binds Pacifica people like Gossage and Enos together, the ocean is the metaphoric heartbeat that echoes back and forth across the waters between Aotearoa and Hawai‘i.” — Ngahiraka Mason
Still Life with Blue Jug, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, private collection
Still Life with Stone Vase, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”
Mana Moana (diptych), oil on canvas, 8” x 10” each, private collection
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