This was a family event that took place during a Matariki series of workshops.
The story of Nafanua – Samoa’s Bat Goddess – was told through dance.
This was a collaborative project with Malia Patea-Taylor, Isobel Te Rauna and Tautua Arts.
My primary role was to produce several digital images for projection while our kids danced. I also worked on the costumes, marketing and general get-it-done person.
Behold the Bat Signal!
That got your attention. Please take a gander at this goat skull design.
Once upon a morning we went on a whanau walk through the whenua at Tawatapu, to hunt goats. I was armed with my camera! Anyone who has driven around the Wharerata Ranges knows that there are a fuckton of goats in the forest up there. I love goats. I could look at photos of them all day. This is probably why I never get much work done. Goats will be the new cats of the internet, mark my words! And please don’t get me started on cats.
We saw a baby goat skull on the train tracks. It was sad – where was it’s Mum? Where was it’s whanau? What happened? These sorts of questions swirled in my head. Those sorts of questions are also one of the reasons I’d make a crap farmer. So I took a photo to remember the moment.
The photo forms the basis of this design. The Aotearoa 666 logo is used as a brush to bring the goat skull out of the darkness. Don’t ask me how the extra face popped up the top there, it just did that. Stuff happens. As Lemmy would say.
This is one of my personal favourites; the photo comes straight out of Tawatapu, also known as Bartletts, where my grandparents lived.
This design featured in the Gnosis exhibition and yes, it’s also available as a t-shirt here.