These two typeset, hand printed text works are from an installation produced for the Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth. The exhibition, beyond the ash cloud, is a poetic enquiry into the local whenua/land through memory and politics. Iti’s personal interpretations of traditional stories and contested narratives are also central. Iti’s work combines found texts with her own words to explore a chronology of history: the layering of geologic processes, Māori ancestral beings, industrial structures and landscapes of city streets. These texts are then combined with clay collected from her ancestral home in Northland, with earth collected from pyroclastic and laharic flow outcrops around coastal Oākura (near Mt. Taranaki), along with a field recording of atmospheric sounds recorded while collecting this earth. Iti brings together different ways of creating historical narratives: text, sound and objects.
Beyond the ash cloud (bitten by the sea) (2019)
Beyond the ash cloud (be huge) (2019)