Tēnā koe! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Ashleigh Taupaki is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the connections between land, body and identity through indigenous Pacific and Māori concepts of space and place. Working primarily with hard materials, but also in photography, illustration and writing, Ashleigh creates work that manifests ideas of kaitiakitanga, tūrangawaewae and collaboration with natural resources. Her work is heavily informed by indigenous politics and writings, as well as mythological stories and histories connected to place.
Ashleigh is of Māori (Ngāti Hako) and Samoan (Matautu Lefaga, Vailoa) descent. She lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau. In 2020, she was awarded a Ngā Manu Pīrere Award from Creative New Zealand for her achievements as an emerging Māori artist. She has recently completed an MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.
Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti opens at Tautai Gallery
Friday 11 June!
Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti runs from 12 June – 25 September at Tautai Gallery
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)