Ko Wai au? /About me 2022
"He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao,
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata"
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, people, people.
Moewai is a descendant of Kai Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, who uses her artistic platform to put mauri back into taonga Māori. Moewai is inspired by Te Ao Māori, mahi toi, and other Māori artists. She is seeking to reconnect with her whakapapa throughout her mahi. Moewai wants to develop meaningful relationships within her iwi and her community, to use those connections as a tool to embrace more of who she is as a Māori wahine artist. Art is a way for Moewai to express herself, and her Māoritanga in a creative way. Her artwork are taonga to her and she wants people to feel the essence of wairua present in each piece.
Moewai is based in Ōtepoti, Aotearoa. She is currently working at a shared arts studio space within the mental health community, improving health and wellbeing through creativity and art. She is also studying a Diploma of Māori and Indigenous art through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Outside of mahi and study is when Moewai works in her studio on her own art, exploring different ways to paint with the whenua and expand her painting practice. She is very dedicated to her community, and her artwork.
Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa
Bachelor of Visual Arts
Moewai uses her artistic platform to put mauri back into taonga Māori"
"Āku Maunga Haere"
mixed media on canvas
Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu, Christchurch
Kaitlyn Gillelan Photography
2022: Tini Whetu Project Space, "The Secret Path," Dunedin.
2021: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, "Paemanu: Tauraka Toi- A Landing Place," Dunedin.
2021: 23 Princes Street, "Mental Health Ōtepoti, Response Received Exhibition," Dunedin.
2021: Dunedin Community Gallery, "Kei Waho i te Kēti," Dunedin.
2021: Holy Family Catholic School, "Craig's Aspiring Art Prize," Wanaka.
2019: Dunedin School of Art "SITE," Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.
2019: The Hub "Hōpua Whakaata," Otago Polytechnic.
2018: HD Skinner Annex, "Nine Lives," Otago Museum, Dunedin.
2017: Brick Brothers, "Uncooked," Dunedin.
2017: Dunedin School of Art, "Raft of the Medusa," Otago Polytechnic.
Art Commissions and Artist Residencies:
Dec 2020- Jan 2021: Studio Dexterity Residency, Waikuku NZ.
2020: Te Pūtahitanga o te Waipounamu, Christchurch.
2022: Critic- Te Arohi, Otago University Student Magazine: Tauraka Toi-
A Landing Place:
2021: Kauae Raro Research Collective:
2021: Arinality Podcast-Cultural identities of women in Aotearoa, OAR FM Dunedin: Moewai's Story
2021: Te Pānui Rūnaka:
2021: 365 Days Women:
2020: Awa Wāhine:
www.awawahine.com/zine/moewai-marshAwa Wahine Profile / 2020
Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin:
Bachelor of Visual Arts