November 04, 2014
Whenua and whanau key to art
The winner of an Arts Foundation new generation prize says it’s whenua and whanau that inspires her work.
Star Gossage picked up $25,000 in last nights awards, which are funded by private patrons and delivered on a no strings attached basis.
The painter lives on ancestral land at Pakiri, from where she can see the island of Hauturu where her great great grandmother Rahui Te Kiri was forced off 120 years ago.
Gossage says the recent settlement of the Ngati Manuhiri claim has crystalised some of her thoughts about her work.
"It makes me think of the past and think to the future and how things change slowly over time but remain the same. Because it’s the people that matter, that make things the way that they are, the people living on the land make a place the way it is, that’s what I believe," she says.
Other winners of the New Zealand Arts Foundation awards included actor Cliff Curtis, dancer Louise Potiki-Bryant, artist Lisa Reihana and choreographer Charles Koroneho.
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