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Ontopo

New York

Nanea Lum, “Kapa set One,” 2022, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 28 inches

Drawing on methods of mapping, Lum created a series of paintings achieved through ceremonial interaction with the water system of Mānoa. To begin, Lum first makes kapa, a Hawaiian cloth made from local Wauke tree bark. The resulting “earth paintings” document a ritual experience that expresses gratitude for nature’s participation in the artwork and emphasizes the connection to ’āina, or the Native conception of all living forces and features of the natural world that sustain life.

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