Tapuhi Tautau - Takapu Wānanga @ Toihoukura
Tapuhi is an emerging Māori artist of Te Aitanga A Hauiti and Ngati Tuwharetoa descent who grew up on the East Coast in a little
Tapuhi is an emerging Māori artist of Te Aitanga A Hauiti and Ngati Tuwharetoa descent who grew up on the East Coast in a little town called Uawa. She attended Tolaga Bay Area School and Kahukuranui, where she was not exposed to art at school; however this is where her love for art grew. She would doodle in her schoolbooks and on her skin and as she got older, she noticed art in her surrounding community. She discovered art boards, clay, sculpture, digital design, photography, graffiti and whakairo all in her little world and was instantly captivated. She yearned to learn more about different mediums and styles, this ultimately leading her to study at Toihoukura, School of Māori Visual Arts located in Gisborne.
She focuses on telling her stories through digital media, painting, and relief work. These stories are traditional narratives based on purakau of her hometown Uawa and how relevant they are for today’s generation of rangatahi.
Her aim is to target and attract rangatahi into te ao toi (art world) and make it interesting enough for them to engage, using art as a learning tool. She is inspired by local artists from her very own backyard such as Michael Kerr, Fiona Collis and Tai and Rina Kerekere. Tapuhi’s style and media are different to these artists however she is inspired by their work ethic and the drive to tell their stories.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm
Toihoukura - School of Māori Visual Arts & Design
80 Cobden St, Gisborne