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Hollie Tuhi Mareikura Tawhiao

Ngaati Tipa

Ko Taupiri tooku maunga.
Ko Waikato tooku awa.
Ko Tainui tooku waka.
Ko Ngāti Tiipa tooku hapuu
Ko Te Kotahitanga, Maurea nga marae.
Ko Tapaue raaua ko Teresa ooku matua.
Ko Hollie Tuhi Mareikura Tawhiao ahau.
Noo Kirikiriroa au.

Hollie is a Ngaati Tipa and a Kirikiriroa based multidisciplinary artist, writer, and toi advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam, Post Graduate Diploma (Dist) in Museum Studies from Massey University and has recently completed a Masters in Contemporary Art with Wintec | Te Puukenga. Hollie’s research looks at the development of toi from the perspective of cumulative cultural evolution and the reality that our current practices as they stand are the foundation of future movements that could influence artistic and sociological cultural shifts. She enjoys exploring intangible boundaries, assumptions and conveniences and pulling them to the fore to reflect on the way they shape experience and what they say about who we are.

Iti noa ana, he pito mata — Although it is just small, it is uncooked.

Wood, nylon, acrylic,

The whakataukii for the title implies that the uncooked portion may sprout to produce many kumara. My work looks at the cyclic and regenerative nature of our experience as it is amplified during Matariki, but specifically the role of Tupu-a-nuku. Cultivated foods take skill and knowledge, both of which are honed over time, passed down and adjusted to suit seasonal and global changes. This sharing and adaptation of knowledge and skill has sustained our people for millennia. I will carve and cut wood into forms that work both independently and as a whole. The installation can be reinstalled in multiple variations and adaptations and does not have to adhere to a single form.

For sales enquiries, please contact the artist directly: hollie.tawhiao@waikato.ac.nz