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JAES have given us the all clear and we can reopen the exhibition: Refinery ArtSpace

JAES have given us the all clear and we can reopen the exhibition tomorrow!
Moana Pakeho is a painter living in Whakatū / Nelson who often works with ‘found materials’. ‘Inspired by my brothers and sisters who support and encourage me through life’s challenges and remind me of the importance of togetherness.’
Moana credits support from family, friends and fellow artists for helping her “stick at it.” While creating she constantly thinks of who is close to her, family she respects.
After coming from Auckland in 2014, Pakeho studied Te Reo Maori, followed by visual arts study in 2015. Moana’s work Te Whare is a comment on the white picket fence and all that it represents. Here it is seen decayed and losing it’s glamour. The inspirational whakatauki and strong symbolism of Matariki invokes the hope of new beginnings.
Matariki is a strong theme in many of her works in this exhibition as well as the beautiful kowhaiwhai patterns that are woven through them.
Kai – I – Ngā – Ora by Nerys Ngaruhe, Moana Pakeho, Major Herewini and Samara Davis examines the concept of home in the context of the housing crisis and explores the personal journey these four artists have had with it.
@nelsoncitycouncil have generously supported a residency during the exhibition. There will be at least one artist in residence between 12 and 2, Tuesday – Friday, so drop by and visit and make your own mark on the exhibition, in their own curated ‘make space’ in the back gallery.
We strongly encourage you to come and reflect on this vibrant, confronting, beautiful collaboration. Many works are for sale and will be posted online. Kai – I -Ngā Ora runs until the 27th August. Moana has chosen to invite a Koha for her works.
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