"Whakawhiti Te Moana / To Cross An Ocean"

Works by Natasha Keating
Aotearoa,New Zealand
Both as a reference to her great ocean-voyaging ancestors and as a tracking of her journey to reach Denver, Colorado, Natasha Keating, a
Maori Artist from Aotearoa, New Zealand, brings her renderings of female effigies which act as silent memorials to the contemporary realities of
Maori / Indigenous women. Ms Keating brings 12 of her works for an exclusive Denver exhibit. Her works are all on native New Zealand re-cycled
timber. They are various lengths, widths and weight but range from 1.5m long x 600mm wide to 800mm long x 400mm wide. They are all to be
hung on a wall, like paintings.

"I have always been interested in the way we are represented, the way non-Maori have captured our images through painting, through
photography, through caricature, through film, through tourist items etc. These images are often nostalgic, exotic, comical, sexualized, and of a
questionable reality. I often seek to re-claim those images and to re-populate the world with .- images of Maori women by a Maori woman. I hope
to— create silent, permanent memorials to our contemporary lives, loves and fears. The women I try to seek out from within the wood grain
visually articulate the pain and power that surviving 165 years of colonialism brings.

I am interested in the lessons and traditions of Maori Art and being able to contribute to a contemporary continuum of this. I look to our past in
order to understand the present and therefore be able to participate in the future. I am excited about this opportunity of sharing my artwork and
culture with the Denver community. " - Natasha Keating.



A little insight into Natasha and her works presented here:

"Natasha is a mother of three children and a Maori Artist who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 20 years.

She is passionate about the Arts and has worked in theatre, TV and film production. “I create contemporary ‘
Pou’, totemic portraits that reflect
the lives, loves and heartache of Maori women, today. ‘
Pou’ are the figurative carvings of our ancestors, which line the walls of our wharenui
(meeting houses) our
whare tipuna. They represent our different illustrious ancestors, and the stories and lessons, which surround them. I take
my cue from the artistic practice of my ancestors and bring it forward to today in my own style, which I have developed over the years.

My ‘
Pou’ are emotional reminders of the very real struggles we as Native women face in a world that generally chooses to ignore us. The
portraits I create proudly confront the audience, subtly stating, yes we do exist and yes we have survived, and yes we actually thrive.

I am interested in the misrepresentation of Native women throughout history. Through paintings, photography, advertising, and tourist items, the
images of Maori women have been through the European creator. These are sometimes comical, often sexual and invariably anthropological. I
consciously choose to dispel all myths by re-appropriating our own image. I allow the audience to look into ‘our’ world, to share the trials and
tribulations that we face in present times. I wish to populate the world with Maori women imagery made by a Maori woman.

I work on re-cycled Native timber, which is another story in itself. I connect with the
mauri, the ‘life-force’ inherent in these discarded pieces of
wood. From once were great ‘
toa’ of our forests, children of Tane Mahuta himself, to floorboards, weatherboards, furniture, firewood, they come
into my hands. I am only adding to the story, connecting my story, ‘our’ story, ‘her’ story. Our colonial heritage connects us. The mass
deforestation of Aotearoa mirrors the colonisation of its indigenous peoples.

I understand that a lot of our pain and dysfunctionalism, as Maori women, stems from our history. It is the future I am interested in and I hope
that the
wahine I draw/paint reflects the present, the now, with an eye toward a strong and healthy future.

The
wahine I create are very vaguely self-portraits. They reflect what is going on in my life, my family, my community at the time of being made.
However they can be whoever the viewer sees her to be. The viewer will connect with a look, with a feeling and recognize something or
someone.” - Natasha Keating
Natasha Keating (above)

There is a definite beauty and incredible delicacy to her work. It
is mostly pencil drawing on recycled native wood with some
pigment added.

I talked to her about her work and she told me that she doesn't
really consider herself a good drawer. She said she isn't good at
just sitting down and drawing a horse for instance. She loves to
draw faces and she says it takes a great deal of time and she
isn't happy until the face is expressing exactly what it should be.
Works for sale
The wood on the pieces is covered with a lacquer so it made them a little hard to photograph without getting too much shine. I attempted to
photograph them to capture the true color. Most of the pieces have smaller sections carved out that have parts of maps of New Zealand in them that
are covered in resin. If you would like to inquire about a piece please include the title of the piece in your email.

*Shipping costs are not included in the prices.
"Oho mai"
Pencil, woodstain, map & resin on Kauri wood
92 x 35 cm (36" x 13.75")
$450

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"Maori Doll 3"
Screenprint, plastic tiki & resin on Rimu wood
77 x 28 cm (30" x 11")
$300

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"Hinepou"
Pencil & woodstain on Kauri wood
119 x 23 cm (46.85" x 9")
$450

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". . . i to moenga roa "
Pencil, woodstain, map & resin on Kauri wood
92 x 35 cm (36" x 13.75")
$450 - SOLD

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"Once Were Landowners 1"
Pencil, woodstain & resin on Rimu wood
94 x 26 cm (37" x 10")
$300

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"Toku Tira haere"
Pencil & woodstain on Kauri wood
105 x 30 cm (41" x 11.8")
$300

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"Missy"
Photograph & resin on Kauri wood
22 x 16 x 4 cm (8.6" x 6.2" x 1.5")
$100
"Wiki"
Photograph & resin on Kauri wood
22 x 16 x 4 cm (8.6" x 6.2" x 1.5")
$100 - SOLD
"Huhana"
Photograph & resin on Kauri wood
22 x 16 x 4 cm 22 x 16 x 4 cm (8.6" x 6.2" x 1.5")
$100
"Ngahere"
Photograph & resin on Kauri wood
22 x 16 x 4 cm 22 x 16 x 4 cm (8.6" x 6.2" x 1.5")
$100
"Matariki 2006"
Pencil, woodstain, pebbles & resin on Kauri wood
158 x 15 cm (62" x 5.9")
$550 - SOLD
"Once Were Landowners 2"
Pencil, woodstain & resin on Rimu wood
94 x 26 cm (37" x 10")
$300

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The 7 images below were taken at the opening of the exhibition in Denver.
The group of 4 below are smaller works which are photographs of Maori women represented in children's dolls.
The photographs are placed in oval depressions in carved into the wood and covered with resin. The pieces can be hung on the wall, but they also
stand on their own.