Ashleigh Taupaki

Toru

2022

Oil pastel on MDF board

Each panel is 1800mm (H) x 3mm (D); Combined 1200mm (W)

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

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Artist Statement

Toru refers to the common motif of the number 3 in Te Ao Māori. It is used here to depict the primordial creation phenomena (Te Kore, Te Po and Te Ao Marama), and the origins of wānanga which sustain and embrace creativity and knowledge. Using the conventional narrative layout of the triptych, the creation stories become a united transition.

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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