Ashleigh Taupaki creates abstract representations of existing places to portray the relationships between land, body, and identity. Influenced by Maori concepts of place and place making, Taupaki explores ideas of Turangawaewae and spiritual interconnectedness through the casting and experimentation of hard materials such as wood, concrete, and metals. Her work is also heavily informed by indigenous politics and writings, as well as mythological stories and histories connected to place. These places include the Waitakere area where the artist currently resides, and the Hauraki region where her iwi, Ngati Hako, originate from.
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