When We Are One Viewing Room

19 August - 17 September 2020
  • Artist Statement

  • Kawakawa (Piper excelsum) is a small tree endemic to Aotearoa/New Zealand. Its red branches create a heart connection between the sky and the sea. The symbolic power of the plant is the link from birth to passing, reflecting how a family and community move forward in oneness.

    In this artwork, the movement of the water changes from highly active to almost still, flexing the heart shaped leaves in a myriad of directions. Kawakawa is known to be a wonderful aid to circulation, for anyone who suffers from a cold heart, hands or feet. Sadly, it is often ignored... In 1903 the poet Johannes C. Andersen published his first poetry collection in Christchurch, New Zealand. He named his book ‘Songs Unsung’. For many years nobody would ‘sing’ Andersen’s poems… His creations went unseen and unsung. Until 2020. One of the poems is ‘When We are One’. The last verse is incredibly relevant today. Listen... “Be Earth as’t will; ourselves, we can declare; all Earth is good that we may look upon; all blemishes that seemed to be, are gone…For in the fulness of the glory there, each little sorrow hides a joy most rare, when we are one”. 


    Auckland, August 2020

    • 00010 Piper excelsum (Kawakawa), 2020 188 x 316 x 4 cm 74 1/8 x 124 3/8 x 1 5/8 in
      00010 Piper excelsum (Kawakawa), 2020
      188 x 316 x 4 cm
      74 1/8 x 124 3/8 x 1 5/8 in
  • Senses, Art & Emotions

  • A peak into our Panel

    The Panel for Emotions, Art and Senses (PEAS) gets together to experience and discuss the emotions and senses of an artwork.


    With the Panel for Emotions, Art and Senses, we’re bringing together a wonderful, diverse group of people. They help to create engaging stories around the studio’s featured botanicals. The purpose of the panel is to discover the beauty of botanicals by sharing experiences around the artworks . 


    The panellists represent a wide spectre of creative expression including Visual Art and History, Design, Theatre, Photography, Gastronomy and Spiritual Well-being. It's a diverse group of international and well-traveled women from France, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, The Netherlands, California, UK, Malaysia and the Maldives.  




  • Emotions and Senses

    "Ephemeral, floating above, expansive, airy, spacious, peaceful"


    Breathtaking, beautiful, bright, pristine, wisdom, knowledge, history, sacredness.



    Ephemeral, floating above, expansive, airy, spacious, peaceful. 



    Sound of the soft wind blowing, wind chimes, bells tingling, a breeze. 



    Mint, Fresh, Clean water like you have just come out of the shower...



    Thin paper, transparent, smooth, crispy, light.



    From Left: Magnolia, Light Grey, Olivine, Dark Olive Green, Dark Salmon, Dark Sienna 

  • Other artworks featuring Kawakawa