My artistic endeavour is to share my Maori culture and spirituality through my Creations, Performances and Artwork. The following piece is a snippet of the Maori creation story that begins at the end and ends at the beginning.....kia kaha whanau
Ko te kore/ emptiness
Te kore-te-whiwhia/ intangible
Te kore-te-kerekere/ unseen
Te kore-te-taumaua/ boundless
Te kore-te-matua/ parentless
Emptiness is the intangible / the
unseen / the boundless / to be alone
yet to be alone/ is to be/ other
than the emptiness/ therefore are you alone?
A void that is endless / solitary / is a void nonetheless/ and if you are/ then is the void a void? is there not someone home ..........
Nothing turns around to face/ the great expanse of empty space
churning turmoil unknown you are/ in a time of darkness from afar
I feel it/ I think it/ if I am/ you are...
For if there is you/ there must be me/ for in this moment of 'TO BE
it is I/ that turns towards a space/ that I/ can differentiate...
To acknowledge the dark is to let it shine/ then acknowledge that thought that enters a mind
To acknowledge the void of the unseen/ is to acknowledge the awareness of Be ing.....
For if I am conscious here / let the heavens expand and appear/ as they turn and churn in space/ where light of darkness divides a place/ I know I exist in this case/ can feel a tear upon my face....
I sense something new to set me free/ as if I’ve fallen... falling free
I feel I can now quantify/ that I exist and occupy
I am therefore let all else be / I am a body in physicality
Lesley A Marsh 2010