AWA17: 5 mins with Ernest Auora

The ongoing presence of orange road cones littered around Auckland were the obvious choice of material for artist, Ernest Auora’s latest work.

KINAlights is an expression of Auckland’s marine life and its volcanic typography.  Combined with rhythmic LED lighting, its impression portrays the appearance of a living organism. 

Describe your piece of work / installation in three words…
Exploding lava splash.

What inspired it?
Auckland’s topography – surrounding volcanoes, the kina urchin which represents the marine life around the harbour, and the ongoing presence of orange road cones that impacts Aucklanders’ in one way or another on a daily basis.

What’s your creative process?
Understanding the ‘story’ and its context. Picking out its key characteristics and re-interpreting its language in a new light. Then taking those ideas through my development process which includes research, lots of hand drawings and model making mock-ups to finish up with a final product that hopefully reflects the original concept.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland? New Zealand?
I think events like Artweek Auckland are great injectors in promoting the art scene here. It’s a great platform to promote artists current and new to the scene which it’s healthy for Auckland and NZ in general. Art has a way to define our identity in a diverse way, which reflects the diversity of our cultures. In that regard I think our art scene just gets better each year.

Are there any artists / pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Aside from many exhibits that’s showcasing I’m interested in viewing Changing Lanes, Poi Magic and Glow collaborations.

What is your social media of choice?
Snapchat, Facebook, and a lot of Pinterest.

Who do you follow and where?
Not anyone in particular but am interested in contemporary & cultural design, abstract and comic art so basically anyone showcasing those areas I enjoy.

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
I like my old school jams from 90s RnB, reggae and mowtown beats.

Word Association:
Auckland – Dynamic
Art – Diverse
Festival – Cultural
Creative – Interactive
Collaboration – Playful
Summer – Fun

KINAlights at Freyberg Square, High St funded by Heart of the City and delivered in partnership with Artweek Auckland.

7-15 October, find out more.