— 2008

A tableau vivant of three translucent figures I-A-M hold their positions at centre stage yet vacillate between being absent and present, legible and indecipherable. They operate separately and together as figures and texts – from opposing ends of the room: equally I AM and MAI. Against the matt-black wall, the Māori text ‘MAI’ becomes reflective, a linguistic and spatial moment evoking Te Ao Māori and offering a collective extension of time. Offset by the English ‘I AM’ with its roots in identity politics, Western philosophy and spirituality, these combined naked texts allow diverse and conflicting experiences of form, figure, object, subject and self.