Kaitiaki

Te Tuhi/Manukau Public Art Gallery, NZ — 2004

A monochromatic 30 sq metre grid of crisp white disposable nappies/diapers stretch in one continuous plane from gallery entrance to curator office door.  Central to Maori collective land ownership and a cornerstone of the Treaty of Waitangi, 'kaitiaki' also refers to the management and care of public art/taonga and to the collective care of small children.  Kaitiaki weaves sacred concepts in a profane material, creating an absorbing membrane that both repels and appeals.