Ashleigh Taupaki

Swamp Playground III

2022

Pastel and pencil on paper

150mm (H) x 210mm (W)

Unframed

Note, artwork sold unframed. The framing shown in the interior shot is for visual inspiration. 

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Artist Statement

Part of a series of sculptural sketches, the artist imagines her childhood playground as an urban Māori, within these wetlands that are prevalent in her research and iwi history in the Hauraki region. It challenges notions of leisure and human development within these spaces that have been lost and covered throughout Hauraki history. The language of the materials conceptualised in drawing speak and create tension with the imaginary waters, sands, and muds of the swamp.

About the Artist

Ashleigh Taupaki

Ashleigh Taupaki lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. In her practice, Taupaki explores Māori connections to place through concepts of Indigenous narrative and non-human agency. Working with hard materials, she creates sculptures that manifest ideas of kaitiakitanga (stewardship) and collaboration with natural resources. Taupaki depicts places that are significant to her own ancestral origins in Hauraki, Aotearoa New Zealand, and strives to revitalise the stories and knowledge of her people and lands.
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