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Chris Charteris

KOTUKU

November 26 - December 20

We are all navigating ourselves through life, trying to avoid obstacles, wanting to take the quickest and most effective route to where we want to go. One great law of navigation is, see yourself clearly already at your destination.

Recently, we had the good fortune of having a Kotuku (White Heron) come to visit us. It stood on the apex of my workshop roof for quite some time. I saw this as a sign of the journey I was to take with these new works; and subsequently I named the exhibition after the bird's visit, Kotuku. It's interesting how the mind interprets things into our experience.

My main focus with my carving is that I create work which is unique to myself, which has qualities of the old world and the new, to attempt to express my identity of cultures in a way that reflects the diversity of forms. There are aspects of my work that go beyond interpretation; this is the realm of feeling where the material itself expresses its own life energy.

A primary source for my creativity comes from the love for the materials I use. I have a deep connection with them. It is a relationship from which we both gain energy. When there is a relationship, nature reveals her secrets and you are able to develop an understanding of things you otherwise might not be open to.

When it comes to my work there is no single meaning I can identify; the forms and patterns I use can and do have multiple layers. Then it is the viewers' journey and their navigation.

Chris Charteris
November 2007

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