Titled: Makawe o Te Ahi
Artist: Lorna Tawhiti
Iwi: Waikato Tainui, Ngāi Te Rangi
Materials: Digital print, canvas, frame
Description: Contemporary Digital Print
From a collection of Wāhine Toa portraits by mixed media and tāmoko artist Lorna Marie Tawhiti.
Makawe o Te Ahi is a regal contemporary interpretation lending one’s thoughts to the feminine superpower of Mahuika, keeper of the fire. Her connection to Matariki is ancient in the ceremonies of Hautapu keeping the embers burning. Her image in this depiction is highlighted in her glorious mane of fire reminding humankind of our own fragilities as kaitiaki of this taonga.
Dimensions: 900 x 1500 mm