Four paintings in the series of self-portraits depicting June’s journey through the stages of breast cancer:
This painting (and the three others that make up this series) represesent a personal journey relating to a recent series of events. Essentially, the journey begins with my ancestors and the tohu or marks made by them. The prized huia feather relates to values or precious things and the manaia figure is the guardian.
Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao
June graduated from the Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua with a Diploma of Craft Design in 1989. Inspired by her ancestors and their art, she continues the tradition for the future generations of her family. Her work is often interwoven with powerful figures and stories from her tribal histories. She says, “Each time I paint the story of one amazing tupuna (ancestor), another comes to light with yet another fascinating contribution to the histories of the tribe.”
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