Raukura Tūrei (Ngāitai ki Tāmaki-Tainui, Ngā Rauru Kītahi) has, in recent years, created a unique body of work which navigates gestural abstraction in conjunction with a diverse range of environmentally sourced materials such as onepū (black or iron sand) which enable her to connect to traditional Māori practice and make inherent the concept of ‘maker’s mark’ in her work.
Her large-scale, multi-panel work Te Poho o Hine-Moana (2021) was recently exhibited at Objectspace, Tāmaki Makaurau as part of the travelling exhibition Mark Work. The work in the Haerenga collection He Tukuna I could be described as the teina or little sister to this monumental 6 part frieze, acquired by the Chartwell Collection. Tūrei is a multi-discipline artist and graduated with a Master of Architecture (Prof) from the University of Auckland in 2011.
- Objectspace, Tāmaki Makaurau: Mark Work