Artist Statement: Means of Identity


Means of Identity

Root -  [root, root] 
the fundamental or essential part
the place where something begins, where it springs into being
The embedded part of an organ or structure, such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, serving as a base or support. A primary source; an origin; radix.
–verb (used without object) 
to become fixed or established
 –verb (used with object) 
to extirpate; exterminate; remove completely 
a person's original or true home, environment, and culture:
the personal relationships, affinity for a locale, habits, and the like, that make a country, region, city, or town one's true home:
personal identification with a culture, religion, etc., seen as promoting the development of the character or the stability of society as a whole.
Modern Language Association (MLA):"root." Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 05 Oct. 2007. 

Initially, when considering the theme of cultural migration, belonging & settlement I had to ask myself: How do I identify myself?  How do I identify myself culturally?  What is my society, who is my community?  What has changed for me since I’ve left my home, family & native culture behind to come to New Zealand?  Essentially, in coming to New Zealand, I realised that I could shape my immediate world, deciding what elements of my way of being I wanted to keep, what beliefs I wanted to cast aside.  This lead me to become aware that we live in a fluid world and much of the things we believe about ourselves are only true while we believe them.

How do we identify a person at their most basic level, when everything else has been stripped away?  How am I anchored in my world?

Some of the works were shown at The Refinery Artspace in an exhibition entitled Culturally Routed in 2007.

Back To