Pu'u O'o Diptych.tiff

The magical nature and culture of Hawai'i have been major influences on my work since the 1980s.

 

My partner and I lived for more than 20 years in Pahoa, Hawai'i, until the volcanic eruption of 2018 forced us to leave. Living now in the Netherlands, we keep Hawai'i in our hearts.

Pu'u O'o Diptych, 2020, 76"h x 70'w woven, dyed, ink.

Pele is in Hawaii.

She rumbles and hisses,

             steams and crackles

As she consumes

             and creates Puna.

Flashing in the heavens,

             on and on.

The end is in the sea.

May a deep respect

             come to us.

O Pele.

Your name is Pele.

 

-traditional Hawaiian chant

“For days before we left we were subject to constant earthquakes (at one point 500 tremors in one hour) while Pele was flowing underground (we could hear and feel her pushing big boulders along under our house) before surfacing violently as a fast-moving flow fountaining through many fissures in Leilani Estates, less than two miles from our home. The air was impossible to breathe and there were predictions that our hillside would begin to slide, with cracks appearing on our land, on the road and a mile away on Highway 130. It was all very frightening."

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/09/06/community/art-by-hand-opens-friday-at-wailoa-center/