Matariki is a time for gathering and sharing, a gathering of people and sharing of stories. Whetū Whitu by Matthew McIntyre Wilson is a series of brooches presented as large scale photographs that reflect the importance of Matariki and Puanga. For Taranaki whānui Puanga [the star Rigel] appears just before Matariki and marks the beginning of Matariki in the Taranaki region.
The brooches are part of McIntyre Wilson’s ongoing Price of Change Series which feature re-purposed imagery cut from New Zealand, Cook Island and British coins.
“The history of many New Zealanders is like my own, a mix of Māori, Scottish, Irish and British and the potent images found on the coins create various interpretations dependent on an individuals heritage or perspective of this country. In New Zealand, where there is such a turbulent history between the crown and Māori, there are numerous stories and perspectives to be told.” says McIntyre Wilson.
Jewellery can normally be found pinned to a wearer, but these large scale photographs will take on a new purpose and adorn Courtenay Place this winter.