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Tamika Te Young


Tainui, Ngāpuhi


Macleans College




Progression of speech


Ink on paper


In my family our Māori culture is celebrated. Although we may not be as knowledgeable as many of our whānau, I still value and embrace the taonga it holds. My family has seen our culture gain significance and a place in our land. Even though some don't see its beauty, I am beyond proud to be a part of such a welcoming community and I am privileged to be able to produce and share an artwork that communicates my love of my tikanga and kawa of my iwi. 

My artwork was inspired by the Māori artist James Ormsby who describes drawing as his first language. I wanted to use drawing as a way to communicate with the viewer. I have incorporated lips, which represent the idea of speech and the significance of te reo, while a faded kōwhaiwhai pattern intertwines in the background.



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