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KOROWAI | 2016 Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award Recipient


SCULPTURE

New Zealand sculptor and jewelry designer creates strong, organic forms inspired by her homeland’s raw natural beauty.

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KOROWAI | 2016 Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award Recipient


SCULPTURE

New Zealand sculptor and jewelry designer creates strong, organic forms inspired by her homeland’s raw natural beauty.

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KOROWAI | 2ND PLACE 2016 FIELDAYS NO.8 WIRE NATIONAL ART AWARD CHERISE THOMSON
KOROWAI | CLOSE UP 2ND PLACE 2016 FIELDAYS NO.8 WIRE NATIONAL ART AWARD CHERISE THOMSON


Korowai

In 1962 my mother was gifted a beautiful korowai after working at Rotorua's Public Relations Office. She left New Zealand soon afterwards to travel and live overseas. I grew up with this korowai hanging on the wall of every home we lived in, and since inheriting it I have done the same. Wherever we lived in the world it symbolised my mother's love for New Zealand, Māori culture, and her memories of growing up on a sheep farm in Palmerston North with five brothers and sisters. 

My sculpture 'Korowai' is a tribute to my memories of my mother, to the grace and beauty of this traditional Māori art form – and to early settlers like my great grandparents and grandparents who tirelessly attempted to bend and shape the land (and endless spools of No.8 wire) to their will.
 

> Listen to a brief interview with Cherise while setting up for the Fieldays No.8 National Art Award.

Email info@cherisethomson.com with your enquiries regarding this unique sculpture.