Matariki Rising - Rebecca Faull
Linocut and poem
480 x 520
Title “Matariki Rising” By Rebecca Faull (Te Atiawa / Ngati Rahiri)
Original Ink Linocut Print (420 x 350 mm approx)
Black ink limited edition print (30 prints)
‘Fabriano’ archival paper (285 gsm)
This linocut print was created to celebrate New Zealand’s first public holiday for Matariki, beginning in June 2022.
The print is based upon ‘Hiwa I te Rangi’ – the youngest star of the star cluster, whom you send your wishes to during Matariki for the coming year ahead. The stars are considered to be both tane and wahine in balance. This print depicts Hiwa I te Rangi as wahine atua - the form of goddess.
The print is round to symbolise Maramataka – the Maori lunar cycle. The stars of Matariki rise in the lunar phase of Pipiri. Matariki was read in the Tangaroa phase of Pipiri to see what the new year would bring.
(Reference: Dr Rangi Matamua //www.mcguinnesinstitute.org/foresightnz/matariki-and-maori-astronomy-with-dr-rangi-matamua/ )
“Matariki Rising” A poem
The korowai rustles as she slowly loosens the tie,
The cloak slides down revealing her back – white in the moonlight,
Star ‘Hiwa I Te Rangi’ is seen for she is home.
Stepping towards cliff edge,
The moonlight cuts a path of silvery slivers across the water,
She looks up,
Matariki is rising,
Pinpricks of light in the black sheet of Ranginui,
Reflecting their light home to her.
It was time.
Gently she casts them free,
The wishes caught the breath of Tawhirimatea,
And were carried off into the night.