Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1950
Ngāti Pakahi, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rangi, Māori

A Construction of a Past

  • 2002
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Purchased 2022
  • 1562 x 1060mm
  • 2022/021

Infused with a sense of circuit board energy, Kura Te Waru Rewiri’s A Construction of a Past feels purposeful and definite while also filled with cryptic, hidden clues; like a modernist-inspired personal mapping of whakapapa, connections, memory and experience.

After graduating from Ilam School of Fine Arts in 1973 and completing teacher training, Kura spent the next decade raising a family and teaching. On returning to painting in 1985, she took encouragement in a whakataukī from a friend: ‘He kokonga whare e kitea, he kokonga ngakau e kore e kitea’ (‘the corner of a house can be seen but not a corner of the heart’).

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History