Aestival means ‘appearing in summer’ and is traditionally a time of change. This work is both a celebration of life and the recognition of how fleeting it is; that in the midst of life we are also in death.
The Maori mythology of the cicada (or Kihikihi) became the core narrative for this project. After the first rains in December, the cicada breaks free of its casing and takes to the air in search of a mate, joyfully creating the squeaking chorus which has become synonymous with summer.
But like everything in the natural world, Kihikihi too must succumb. As these hapless insects take to the sky, they will crash and fall into the river, falling victim to hungry trout coming out of a cold winter.