Blurring the boundaries between the fine and applied arts.
BRETT GRAHAM & RACHAEL RAKENA
Aniwaniwa is a large-scale collaborative artwork by sculptor Brett Graham and audiovisual artist Rachael Rakena from New Zealand. Brett Graham is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and accomplished sculptors, highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical and cultural ideas into formally strong and beautiful sculptural forms. Graham places strong emphasis on materiality and surface with the formal simplicity of his sculptural pieces and predominant use of wood and stone.
Graham’s work engages in a dual dialogue of Maori and European histories whilst adhering to the modernist emphasis on form and material quality. Although his works may not directly invoke Maori sculptural tradition, they nonetheless speak of that tradition in their titles and concept. His work is accessible at an aesthetic, personal and historical level, enabling both the object and viewer to occupy a common ground. Rachael Rakena lives and works in Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand.