Joe Kemp, a contemporary sculptor and carver from the Bay of Plenty. Joe uses the Wairua (essence) in each piece, and any special features and grains in the stone and wood to bring forth its mauri (life force). ""I sense a connection with Tane Mahuta (the life force of the tree) as I’m working with the wood. I look to bring out the wairua (essence) in each piece, starting from where the material originated and by honouring any special features and grains that each piece may have."" Whakapapa: Ngai Tahu, Ngāpuhi and Te Arawa (Ngāti Makino)
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