This is a short demo version, the full version is 11 minutes long.
The events with Madame Pele at the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island has reminded me of the precious circle of life, how creation and destruction are constantly intertwined. Two sides of the same coin. And that the spirit of aloha means that we are all connected.
I was raised in Hawaii and since being away one of the things I miss the most are the amazing Hawaiian landscapes, it’s majestic mysterious volcanic mountain ranges. As a kid I had countless hikes through incredibly dense jungles and misty mountains that invariably ended up at some magnificent waterfall swimming pool. A very welcome refreshing treat after a long trek.
“Mauka” (which means mountain in Hawaiian) is my 10th Moving Painting and a most ambitious project, 7 months in the making. There are hundreds of layers and thousands of individual elements, painted, animated and choreographed to work together to complete these enormous compositions.
It’s a return to my roots, a return to Hawaii.