Poet, writer, painter and visual artist Tracey Tawhiao will be sharing her unique, newspaper-based artwork and the inspiration behind them at the PRINZ Annual Conference in Rotorua on 26 and 27 May 2011.
A new addition to the conference programme, Tracey will also recite poems that she has written especially to fit with the conference’s PR – an art or a science theme.
Born in Murupara and raised in Kaingaroa in the Bay of Plenty, Tracey is Ngai Te Rangi from Matakana Island, Tuwharetoa and Whakatohea. She has degrees in classical studies and law. Tracey’s use of newspaper evolved from her interest in the written word and began in her youth, when as a way of brightening up her grandparent’s home on Matakana Island, she suggested redecorating their newspaper-covered walls with colourful murals. While completing this project she noticed the negative connotations in the headlines and decided to embark on her series of artworks that subvert the ‘truth’ of the daily news.
Tracey’s poetry has been published in anthologies, journals and art books and her poems have been studied in New Zealand literature at Auckland University and at the University of Hawaii. She is a Director of Heartmusic, a music company for the creation of works by Maori artists. She is also the Director of the House of Taonga http://www.houseoftaonga.com, which showcases Heartmusic artists as well as visual artists.
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