Originally trained in Māori design and carving, Charteris draws on his diverse cultural inheritance in a way that reflects the universality of forms. Allowing the energy of the material to speak for itself, Chris’ works act as signifiers of the marriage of nature and man, as well as of past, present, and future. With power that extends further than their apparent physicality, his pieces reach beyond the boundaries of space and time.
Speaking of his work, Charteris says, “My main focus with my carving is that I create work which is unique to myself, which has qualities of the old world and the new, to attempt to express my identity of cultures in a way that reflects the diversity of forms. There are aspects of my work that go beyond interpretation; this is the realm of feeling where the material itself expresses its own life energy. A primary source for my creativity comes from the love for the materials I use. I have a deep connection with them. When there is a relationship, nature reveals her secrets and you are able to develop an understanding of things you other- wise might not be open to. When it comes to my work there is no single meaning I can identify; the forms and patterns I use can and do have multiple layers. Then it is the viewer’s journey and their navigation.”
Chris’ work has recently been acquired and exhibited by the British Museum in London. The Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has also acquired pieces for their collection.