December 04, 2014
Artists work supreme
This year’s supreme artist at the Te Waka Toi Awards says creating the right context to view Maori art is as much of a struggle as making the work.
Sandy Adsett from Ngati Pahauwera and Ngati Kahungunu was honoured for a lifetime of creating and teaching.
His work spans painting, carving, weaving, costume and stage design.
He says for artists of his generation it was often a challenge to present work in a commercial gallery system dominated by Pakeha.
" So there was always those challenges of having to make people see our art and receive it as we wished them to see it. And it had to be from the culture itself, rather than as I say, from somebody elses perspective of what looks good " he says.
Sandy Adsett says a great inspiration in his career was the late Ngati Porou carver Pine Taiapa, because his work always celebrated being Maori.
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