Maia Robin McDonald

Maia Robin McDonald — 'Wha', 2023


Through this group of silver clay works, Maia McDonald explores Māori concepts of creation and being. She picks up on the thoughts of her mentor, Wi Taepa ONZM, who has drawn an analogy between the clay pot and the fundamental structures of te pō (the realm of darkness) and te ao mārama (the realm of life and light), respectively represented by the inside and outside of the vessel.

The movement from te korekore (the realm of potential being) to te whaiao (the realm of coming into being) and te ao mārama is evoked through the use of black, silver, and white. This primordial, cosmic process becomes a figure for the generative force underpinning McDonald's work with hand, clay, and fire.

Tribe, Iwi. Te Ati Āwa, Parihaka. Sub tribe, Hapū. Ngāti Mutunga Statement: “My practice addresses ideas about the human condition and our relationship to the environment. I acknowledge value creation as a primary concern while developing and growing my artistic practice” – Maia McDonald

Maia McDonald's professional practice is housed primarily in uku (clay). She considers herself a cross-disciplinary artist; one who has been exhibiting for the past fifteen years in Aotearoa, and abroad. 

McDonald completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with honours) at Massey University, Wellington, and in 2017 was awarded a Diploma in Māori Art and Design, having studied under Māori master uku Artist, Wi Taepa.  She has exhibited and published work annually since 2006. Artworks have recently been acquired by The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, her work is held in public and private collections including the Wallace Arts Trust, Wellington Museum, Puke Ariki Museum, and more recently the Wellington City Art Collection.  McDonald is represented by Season Gallery in Auckland, Aotearoa.

Everyone’s heard of a dragon  

Curated by James Lemon and Bobby Corica

11 November  23 – 27 January 24 

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Dimensions: approx. 29 x 31 x 3cm

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