Aho in translation has several meanings: string, line, woof—cross threads of a mat and genealogy—the line of descent. Aho tanuhu means the first weft, or widthwise piece, in a woven cloak. In this painting, the reference to the cloak and the geology relate to the land. Like many, the love of the land moves the centre of my being…
Ngā Puhi, Te Ātiawa
Initially trained as a commercial artist, Gabrielle is now a full-time painter and printmaker. She continues to support and promote art in the local and wider community as current chair of Te Atinga (Committee of Contemporary Māori Visual Arts) of Toi Māori Aotearoa, a founding member of Kauwae (National Māori Women’s Art Collective), trustee of Toi o Manukau, a long-serving member of Nga Puna Waihanga (a national community-oriented organization that supports all Māori arts), a founding member of the artists’ co-operative Pukeko, and she serves on the Creative Community Funds committee for Manukau City.
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