To Sunday 26 March 2017
TARANAKI KI TAI
WharehokaSmith continues to develop a personal visual repertoire in the use of Toi Maori elements, shapes and forms, from the disciplines of Kowhaiwhai Raranga Tukutuku and Whakairo while discussing the concept "Taranaki ki tai"— Taranaki to the tide — Taranaki looking outwardly — Taranaki looking beyond the limitations of a shore line".
In this body of work there is a focus on the element "Unaunahi"(the fish scale). This element can often be seen used in the discipline of Rakau Whakairo (wood carving). Here the artist is using this element because of its obvious relationship to the Moana (the sea). WharehokaSmith explores Unaunahi and its potential within the discipline of Kowhaiwhai (the painted rafter discipline).
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Painter, printmaker and designer Gabrielle (Nga Puhi, Te Atiawa) has exhibited in New Zealand and shown work in Australia, England, America, Canada and Hawaii. Her work is represented in private and public collections.
She was a founding member of Kauwae – Maori Women's Art Collective, Toi Whakataa – Maori print Collective and is a committee member of Te Atinga, the visual arts committee of Toi Maori Aotearoa.
Gabrielle relocated to Taranaki December 2015, and in December 2016 along with Bronwyn Wattrus, opened a small community gallery in Patea.
Gallery Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.30am-4.00pm, Weekends & Public holidays 10.30am-3.00pm
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