Seasons of the Land: Native New Zealand Botanicals
'Seasons of the Land' is an art project magnifying the native and seasonal plants of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since the summer solstice of 2019, Mamakan has been collecting specimens of flowering and fruiting plants for fine art photography, soundscape and bush kai experiments, in collaboration with Auckland Museum.
What a delightful experience I had on Sunday morning. Mamakan invited us into a sensory botanical walk with a passion and respect for our native flora, and a generosity of spirit and knowledge. We smelled, tasted, felt and appreciated New Zealand natives in their subtlety and potency - noticing the offerings that are so easy to miss. I came away touched and inspired to go out into my own garden and forest to smell, taste and feel the abundant nature right under my feet, in a way different from what I’ve done before. I can’t wait to pickle, dry, ferment and infuse leaves and stems, to watch for subtle seasonal changes, see colour emerge from the green, and to walk more in the forests fully, sensorially awake. Sampling Mamakan’s delicious syrups, fermentations and delicacies made from native plants and paging through a selection of gorgeous books (contemporary Maori culinary arts, NZ fairytales, botanicals, edible plants) rounded off the morning. And all against the backdrop of a wall size digital projection of her breathtaking rendition of the Rengarenga plant. It was an installation, an experience, an education all in one hour. Thank you, with a deep bow.
We live locally and are gradually getting to know our flora and fauna. It was fascinating to discover that some parts of plants are edible and then be able to try them so lovingly prepared. We enjoyed the rimu kombucha and the pickled mamaku to name just two. Inspirational and timely.
Ange & Greg
Open Studios Waitākere 202014 - 15 Nov 2020SEASONS OF THE LAND Inspired by growing roots to the land, Mamakan is inviting you for a seasonal walk of sensory storytelling. During a short walk, you will use your senses to see, smell, touch and taste native plants. From Arataki Visitor Centre, Mamakan is offering 3 walks on both Saturday the 14th November and Sunday the 15th of November: 10am, 1pm and 3pm. Each walk is approx. 1hr duration. This event is family-friendly and free, by KOHA only. The venue is Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive,...
Good reviews of the first 'Season's of the Land' pop-upMamakan, November 25, 2020
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First Session for the Panel for Emotions, Art and Senses (PEAS)Mamakan Studio, April 10, 2020
Commission for Titirangi Earth Festival 2020Mamakan Studio, April 6, 2020