Flight Path – Nova Avni


Dates: 06/03/21 - 09/05/21
Opening: 06/03/21 10:00 am

“From my mountain to your mountain”
Kia ora, my woven art collection is based on traditional raranga techniques, mixed with wild Israeli organic weaving. This is a visual story of my journey, as a New Zealand – Israeli woman.

We live between Wainui Beach, Gisborne and my husband’s kibbutz, in Israel, situated in the middle of a valley created by the prehistoric Syrian-African rift. In this sacred place we share a communal way of life.

My art pieces reveal respect to, and protection of, the natural world around us. They highlight people’s need to protect our planet, and reflect on Papatūānuku and her kaitiaki.

Having no access to flax in Israel, local women weavers invited me on a journey to discover and experience wild weaving with local fauna.

The historical and cultural differences between the two countries have shown me the potential of art, as means to express individual identity in a respectful manner; and as a social bridge between people. A reminder not to lose what we have.