Tuhiatas Letter by Ashleigh Chambers

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Tuhiata's execution was carried out on the 29th of December, 1880. On December the 23rd he wrote the following letter to the governor.

"Go, this letter of mine to the Governor. Friend, greeting. I have heard that I am to be put to death on Wednesday, and I am willing to die on that day, but i have a word to say to you. Let my bad companions, your children, beer, rum & other spirits die with me. Let these persons, beer, rum & spirits die with me; they led us to commit wrong, and now let us die together, die death on the day i am to to die; it will not be right that they survive that day, but I and my bad companions should die together, lest they should remain to lead the people to death; but as I am to die, let spirits die also; do not leave any of its kind in the world; let it be destroyed from the face of this earth, lest it should remain to cause trouble to man; man would then be answerable for his own trouble. If it was destroyed it would be well; man would then seek his own troubles; then it would be well there would be no cause for trouble. That is all. From Tuhiata."

by Ashleigh Chambers who works with oil, chalk and charcoal to interpret this on 100% cotton Fabriano paper, I find working with Fabriano gives the painting more of its true texture. The works are framed to expose the raw edges of the paper and paintings. 

105x75cm

 

Tuhiatas Letter by Ashleigh Chambers
Tuhiatas Letter by Ashleigh Chambers
Tuhiatas Letter by Ashleigh Chambers