Tanya Ruka has been practicing art for over 18 years. The key element of her research is kaitiakitanga or stewardship and the inherent need for humans to have a connection to nature, especially in urban and the built environment. Tanya is exploring this innate relationship through Matauranga Māori ancestral migrational, seasonal & navigational knowledge, cosmology & creation stories.
Her multimedia work explores the connection between her tupuna ancestors and nga whenua, the land. The physical and nonphysical multi-dimensional layers of liminal space. An unseen veil that lies between the now and then, deepening her connection through Te Aho Tapu or the thread that binds us all.
The point of origin is nga whenua/ the land and her respect and appreciation of natural materials sourced from plants and trees. Tanya has developed a ritual of self-imposed tikanga/ correct procedures and kaupapa/ process methods. A specific rock on the horizon, a cave, a tree, the mouth of a river are significant connections to ancestral stories encoded within the genealogy of the landscape.
Artist | Designer | Research | Creative Director + Founder of Fog & Moon Studio collaborative.
Master Art & Design, PG Dip Art & Design, BVA, Dip VA,
PG Cert. of Proficiency LAW.