There are some pieces in an artist’s life that have particular gravitas, that are particularly challenging to give birth to, and when they are finally complete, you feel the need to celebrate and share that journey of patience, blood, sweat, and tears as well as inspiration with the world.
This portrait of my Ngati Porou great-grandmother “Matire Te Horowai” wearing her traditional victorian dress and moko kauae (chin tattoo) will speak volumes about our cultural history in the heart of New Zealand’s capital.
Two of my artworks are on show at Bowen House Parliament Building in Wellington – with The Real Opotiki Exhibition from 8 Feb – 31 Mar 2017.
Matire Te Horowai lived in the East Cape of the North Island in the late 19th century – an era of heavy Europeanisation where there was severe juxtapositions of indigenous and colonising cultures, yet intermarriage managed to occur.
2016 has been another great year doing a collaborative artwork with the children at Orakei School. This will be my 4th time participating and I always have such a blast. It’s a very special school filled with kids from all sorts of cultural backgrounds and demographics, and this diversity makes for a rich source of creativity!