Paekakariki resident artist Alan Wehipeihana shares his story of transitioning to the art world and how he finds inspiration in daily life.
Nestled in a 1920s sewing factory, Alan's studio is home to an eclectic and diverse mix of work, incorporating recycled and found materials, Maori culture, as well as the vibrant influence that comes from his environment -- the beach, books, movies, colour spectrums, patterns, movement and changes found in nature.
Alan embodies the romantic spirit of what it means to live, breathe and work as an artist. From stained glass, carving, functional art, to law books from last century. Alan is a true multi-disciplinary artist, catching his knowledge and skills from every different medium he pursues.
He shares with us his views behind the creative spirit -- a universal quality of latent potential found in everyone -- expressed in many forms & outlets in our lives. A notion not too dissimilar to Picasso's thought that 'every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up'.
Alan is open and resolved to the fact that he will have to give it up one day, that the opposite to creation is destruction, and that like the constant changes of nature, everything will end up in dust, reborn into something new again. There are no final resolutions, but Alan is optimistic, humbly relaxed and at ease with everything, content to continue finding new materials, catch new ideas, and continue his work, for now.
Find him at his studio on the Kapiti Coast, or at wehipeihana.co.nz
Special thanks to Brendon King at Creative Coast