Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Saffronn Te Ratana

Māori (Ngāi Tūhoe)

(1975- )


Saffronn Te Ratana is an exceptional graduate of Massey Universities Maori Visual Arts Programme. At age twenty six she has already achieved extensive recognition, highly acclaimed for her energetic, confident use of movement and the “gleaming impasto” of her paintings.

Te Ratana paints using a visual language of colour, texture and mark making. Marks are intuitively placed, constructing of visual language that convey meaning made of identity, experience, ancestry and memory.

Te Ratana says of her latest work:

What is important for me as a Maori artist is the potential for marks to generate notions of space both within and outside of the physical reality of the painted field. For me marks are the binders of concepts. Marks can impart notions of a Maori continuum and negotiate the cultural complexities that define diverse Maori realities.

Marks can offer a perception of the complexities of identity, planet specific, geo-specific, whakapapa specific, human specific, gender specific and construct specific.

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