Charlotte Graham

Mauri Ora

Mauri Ora by Charlotte Graham

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This painted series 'Hōmai te waiora ki ahau - Towards Māori health and well-being' captures an important moment in the art practice of Charlotte Graham. Issues relating to our collective health and well-being are central concerns that Graham has long been passionate about and explored in her practice. In recycling second-hand domestic mirror boards Graham's installation that is both a bold commentary about our own personal mental health and well-being but also a cautionary statement about the well-being of the natural environment. As a personification of Papatuanuku-mother earth and the nurturer of all- Graham recalls the Māori world view and creation narrative to comment about our care and nurture of the land and its resources. In Graham's work manu (birds) act as mediators bringing forth messages to heed and echoing learnings for the future.

Mauri Ora
Production date
acrylic, glue and shell on recycled mirror board
305 x 395 x 20 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2017
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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