May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Posters showcase iwi creativity

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A poster exhibition of work by 13 Maori creative arts students opens on Saturday as part of the of the BLOW creative arts festival.

The Iwi Creativity poster exhibition runs from November 6-20 in the Pyramid at the Wellington campus and features work from students studying a range of disciplines in the College of Creative Arts, including fashion, fine arts, illustration, graphic design, photography and spatial design.

The annual exhibition was first held in 2006 to celebrate the success of Maori students and highlight the contribution the University makes to the creative sector.

Priscilla McClintock (Ngati Porou), a fourth-year Bachelor of Design student majoring in fashion and business management, says her poster presentation is inspired by the concept of dualism, which is present in most religious systems.

In particular, I have investigated the relationship between the soul and the physical human body, and the idea that the soul is trapped inside the body until it is freed at death, Ms McClintock says. Her work attempts to illustrate this relationship through textural contrast and deconstruction. The primary material used is vegetable-tanned leather, which has been moulded, embossed and dyed to create a sense of decomposition. The work is inspired by a range of diverse references, including Elizabethan armour, tribal scarification and kakahu cloaks.

Other work in the Iwi Creativity exhibition this year has been submitted by: Batreece Morgan (Tainui), Bachelor of Design: Fashion; Jasmine Cameron, (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Ngati Tuwharetoa), Bachelor of Design: Fashion; Matt Whitwell (Ngai Tahu), Bachelor of Fine Arts; Mercia Tawhiri-Kerr (Ngati Kahungunu), Bachelor of Design: Spatial Design; Miriama Grace-Smith (Nga Puhi and Ngati Maniapoto), Bachelor of Fine Arts; Rebecca Kereopa (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa), Bachelor of Design: Illustration; Ruth Henare (Ngati Kahungunu, Nga Puhi and Rongomaiwahine), Bachelor of Fine Arts: History, Biography, Documentary; Sharon Vodanovich, (Ngai Tahu), Diploma in Photography; Simon Cooke (Ngai Tahu), Bachelor of Design: Graphic Design; Talitha Te Tau, (Nga Tahu, Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane), Bachelor of Design: Toi Atea.

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