Veranoa Hetet, @THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM
Creating Potential by Veranoa Hetet
10 October – 28 February (2020 – 2021)
The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt
Veranoa is a master Māori weaver and kaiako based in Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt, who comes from a long line of prominent makers.
She first learnt the weaving techniques raranga, tāniko and whatu kakahu from her mother, the late Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, and learnt tukutuku and kowhaiwhai from her father, master carver Rangi Hetet.
In her new exhibition, Creating Potential, Veranoa explores the notion that each of her works hold the past – building from traditional methods, patterns and stories of whakapapa. But they also hold the future—the exciting potential of creating something new, using contemporary materials, colours and techniques.
Woven with a deep sense of aroha for both past and future generations, Veranoa’s weaving upholds the creative legacy of her whakapapa by “seeing what can be, working out of what was”.
Creating Potential by Veranoa Hetet, 2020.