Onekura is the sacred soil of Papatuanuku; a foundation for creativity, a grounding for realising human potential. Onekura embraces the intellectual and critical aspects of creativity utilising visual stimulus to reconnect with whakapapa teachings.
These wananga are based on understanding my journey of decolonisation: returning to whakapapa, whanau and whenua to understand myself as Whare Tangata. The entire process is personal. I contest colonial discourse as Whare Tangata because:
The reconnection to whakapapa narratives provides a foundation for unpacking and re-framing personal narratives. Drawing from whakapapa narratives to explore reconnection affirms restorative process as wise and relevant practise.
Art is used to depict the effects of intergenerational trauma caused through the relationship with our colonisers, the personal effects, how this has affected Maori Women in general, our mothers, our grandmothers and our children, ultimately reflecting the general imbalance experienced by our whanau, hapu and iwi.