This piece is about how the ocean is part of us. Water is part of our life force, we are made up of mostly water. I like to visit lookouts in New Plymouth to view the ocean. It makes me feel like the water is a part of me. When I hear the ocean crashing I feel at peace, and I hope others feel peaceful when they look at this artwork.
It is modeled after a beach I saw in Auckland. That beach stuck in my memory because the sand was warm but the ocean was stormy, In a way I felt like I was lost at sea.
I was inspired by my friends mother who was working with resin and making a beach-themed campervan. I made this piece alongside her and she helped me master the resin. I really liked the finished result. It took forever to dry and it was really hard not touching it while I waited.
Opunake High School Students, with support from Tutor Haoro Hond
1) Jezzhara Churchill, Age 13 2) Kodee Ngaia, Age 14 3) Fred Oliver, Age 14
4) Mytalia Cassidy-Whaipu, Age 15 5) Jahryl Anderson, Age 13 6) Marama Mohi, Age 17.
This piece represents me. How far I’ve come since I moved out of home. How my talents and capabilities have expanded. It represents my true self.
Left Home, Left the Comfort Zone
Acrylic, Collage, pen
My drawing is representative of a young woman as she breaks through from her past to blossom into a new life. So many young women search to find themselves, feeling isolated and trapped. I wanted to demonstrate the freshness of a new beginning as she emerges into womanhood.
SUPREME WINNER EMERGENCE 2022, Brett Morrison photographed on Opening Gala Night next to her winning artwork 'Somewhere South' (2022) film/photograph. Brett took home the Winner's trophy (graphics by Haoro Hond), $2,000 cash prize (kindly supported by Taranaki Foundation, through the Hauora Fund) and a solo exhibition at Percy Thomson Gallery in 2024.
Congratulations to ALL Winners and Finalists of the Taranaki Foundation EMERGENCE Award for Taranaki Artists 2022.
Exhibition runs 29 July - 21 August.
We look forward to holding this exhibition again in 2024, with our Supreme Winner Brett Morrison having her first solo exhibition in Gallery TWO.
Mā te wā,
- Laura, Amy and the PTG team
Ngāruahine Toi Collective, Wananga with Haoro Hond
Ngāruahinerangi iwi held a series of five workshops (Wānanga Toi) with Haoro Hond. The objective was our pahake (adult) sharing our history with rangatahi (youth) and let them interpret these stories in their artworks. This collection of paintings reflects some of the significant history and events and looking to the future of Ngāruahine; Te Hīkoi ki te Waipounamu, Titokowaru, Ngā Parāoa and Tiro Whakamua. Haoro Hond invited Ngāruahine Toi Collective to display their pieces alongside his major work. According to the Artist, the final results of these workshops demonstrate ‘the importance of art and investing in our community to become artists. This collaboration from start to finish has resulted in a strong display of Toi Māori.
He reo anō te toi, he toi anō te reo │ Our artform is another language, our language is another artform.