Painter Tracey Tawhiao and musician Fred Harrison explore concepts of sacred geometry in order to depict the Creator, known as IO.

Most world traditions insist that there is a hidden order that unifies all aspects of the universe. Some of these visualisations take the form of developing mandalas, such as the Sri Yantra formation. Others prefer to engage in dances where the movements and music are in tune with these geometric patterns. Still others prefer to assemble, sculpt or draw these forms, whose cornerstone of knowledge is embedded in sacred geometry.

Using the languages of geometry, sound and binary code two Māori artists - Tracey Tawhiao (Ngai te Rangi, Tuwharetoa, Whakatōhea) and Fred Harrison (Aitanga-ā-Mate, Ngapuhi, Ngāti Porou-Ki-Harataunga) - depict the Creator, known in Te Ao Māori as IO, using sacred geometry that exudes mātauranga Māori, the knowledge originating from the ancestors.  

Tracey Tawhiao has exhibited widely in New Zealand and overseas. Here she is joined by musician Fred Harrison who injects the sacred sound that brought forth creation, the breath of IO.

Presented by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Thursday 12 February - Sunday 5 April

10am to 4.30pm daily

Image credit: Tracey Tawhiao & George Nuku

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