Natasha Keating- Hine Mahuru
Ngati Tuwharetoa / Tuhoe / Te Ati Hau Nui A Paparangi
Auckland based Māori artist Natasha Keating creates contemporary pou, figurative works on recycled native timber.
“In the whakapapa of Māori art, I align my practice with whakairo. I am influenced by the carvings of my ancestors and their storytelling of people, time and place. I rescue native wood to paint on and tell todays stories of wahine māori experiences and survival through colonisation. My portraits literally give face to indigenous strength, power, beauty and resilience.”
Keatings work has been shown extensively in Aotearoa and internationally. Selected exhibitions are Te Kōpū in collaboration with Bethany Matai Edmunds at Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (2018), Keating was included in the Beijing Biennale 2019 and in Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 2021.
Medium: Pencil and woodstain on rimu