Copyright © 2008 by Reihana MacDonald Robinson
In Maori gardening mythology, the gardener of kumara is considered a person of peaceful intent. Many rituals relate to its planting and it is both tapu (sacred) or noa (free from tapu) in its growing, storing, and eating phases. When harvesting, the vegetable appears adrift in the soil, much like a cloud in the sky or an island on the sea's horizon. It is this beauty and mauri (life-force) I hoped to express with my painting of "Kumara Dreaming."
Reihana MacDonald Robinson has had artist residencies at the East West Centre in Honolulu, HI, and the Andersen Center in Red Wing, MN. Her artwork is held in collections in the USA, France, and Pacific nations. Robinson held her most recent solo exhibition on the Coromandel in New Zealand. Her poetry will be published as part of the Emerging Poets series this year by Auckland University Press. She may be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.