Makoure Scott is a young New Zealand artist who is rapidly establishing an international reputation. This, his first book, presents a selection of his work today, featuring in particular his Synapse series, in which primary geometric forms "synapse" in various crossroads, intersections, and parallels mirroring the tension and fusion of nature and spirit. Via strong geometric forms, "Arohanui" attempts to capture the principles of the Maori spiritual term "arohanui," its intersection with colonial beliefs, and the resulting tension. "Dream Waka" presents a series of textural winter northland landscapes, attempting to capture the various cultural parallels of Maori and Pekeha influences.
In his work, Scott uses materials collected from the New Zealand landscape-sand, stone, ochres, native tree gum and bark, and incorporates semi-precious stone and burnished copper. Writes Robert Upstone in his appreciation: "Elemental, fired from the landscape itself, [the pieces] give expression to the eternal connection that humanity feels with the Earth, and with our progress through time and history. These are works of art that are truly eternal."
This beautifully produced limited edition features 45 pieces, each shown in full color, with a detail from the work on the opposite page; a list of works with explanatory notes by the artist; and appreciations by Robert Upstone and Boua Huata.