Abigail Aroha Jensen
Abigail Aroha Jensen (Ngāti Porou through Te Whānau-a-Tūwhakairiora and Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare; Ngāi Tāmanuhiri through Rangiwaho; Crow and Steele clan, County Antrim) is an artist who places herself within her whakapapa by responding to space with oro, painting and installation. Exhibitions include Occupied territories at RM gallery, a mural produced in collaboration with George Watson for Artspace Aotearoa; Pūtahitanga Kura, an artwork produced by Jensen and Watson for The Lightship, a digital light wall along Bledisloe Wharf; Te Pō at Papatūnga, Parnell Project Space; and Ata koia! at Te Tuhi.
Kiran McKinnon is an abstract painter who lives and works in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland. She studied in the UK and NZ, gaining an MFA (first class hons) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2001. McKinnon’s work engages with experience and memory, particularly with the sensations of the natural world. The work is large-scale and her unique processes of painting in acrylic on raw canvas involves spray, wash, wet on wet brushwork, and large quantities of water. McKinnon has works held by the Wallace Arts Trust, The University of Auckland Art Collection, and various private collections throughout New Zealand.
Raukura Turei (Ngāitai ki Tāmaki (Tainui), Ngā Rauru Kītahi) is a multi-disciplinary artist, architect and designer whose art practice uses painting to meditate on the self, sensuality and body sovereignty. She has exhibited both in New Zealand and internationally. Highlights include the Tokyo Art Fair (2019), the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2019), and Objectspace, Auckland (2017). Raukura has recently been commissioned for a major work in the refurbished Cordis Hotel in Auckland.
Having no autonomous use of her hands, Sarah Holten-Warren employs a range of mark-making techniques and mixed media, using the movement of her body at times to create a variety of unique expressive marks. Holten-Warren has been featured in various Māpura exhibitions and was the subject of a solo show at Studio One Toi Tū in 2019, which presented work developed during her Creative Studio Residency at Studio One between 2018 and 2019.
Tira Walsh (Ngāti Wairere) is a contemporary painter living in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her practice focuses on translating the complex and clashing physical sensations of the being in the world, drawing influence from cinema, popular music and everyday life. Walsh has begun to accrue a notable exhibition history since graduating with a Master of Creative Practice from Unitec in 2018. In 2019, Walsh was awarded the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, receiving a three-month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland and was also selected for the Karekare Residency for 2021. In 2022, her work was featured in the group shows Te Pō at Parnell Project Space and Ata koia! at Te Tuhi. Walsh is represented by Two Rooms Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Qianye Lin and Qianhe ‘AL’ Lin
Qianye Lin and Qianhe ‘AL’ Lin are an artist duo and siblings who work with audio-visual installation, writing and performance. They are interested in language, perspectives and storytelling in the embodiment of a fragmented linguistic experience. Their artworks have been exhibited at The Physics Room, Ōtautahi Christchurch; Coastal Signs, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland; and Papatūnga, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. In 2021, a book accompanying their moving-image artwork Thus the Blast Carried It, Into the World was co-published by Coastal Signs and New Public.
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