From her Wellington home studio, artist Hikurangi Edwards (Ngāruahine, Te Whānau-Ā-Apanui and Ngāti Porou) creates beautiful artworks, meticulously hand-carving Māori designs into layers of Resene paint. When describing her style, she says, “My art form of paint carving puts a modern spin on the traditional Māori wood carving to tell the stories of our tīpuna.” She chatted to us about her inspirations, her creative process and life as an artist.
What inspires your work?
My art is heavily inspired by my Māori culture. Many of the stories I grew up with, some are mythological and some are historical accounts that I’m reading about. I’m drawn to old books and learning about the forgotten ones. My aim is to make known to everyone the history and stories that are long forgotten… while I’m sitting and drawing, I’m often listening intently to be guided in my work.