Te Rongo Kirkwood works with fused glass, textile, and other media to create objects that blur the lines between sculpture, craft, and personal adornment. Te Rongo creates her language of symbol and pattern drawing on the natural world and celestial themes.
Kirkwood has been working in glass for 15 years exhibiting within New Zealand and abroad since 2009.
Tribal Affiliations: Tainui – Wai o Hua, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Te Kauwerau a Maki, Ngapuhi, Taranaki
Te Rongo Kirkwood’s selected solo exhibitions include -
Whānau Mārama (2018/2019 Milford Galleries, NZ), As Above, So Below (2017 Milford Galleries, NZ)
Nga Kakahu Karaihe (2015 Milford Galleries, NZ)
Ka Awatea (2014 deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA)
Selected group exhibitions include -
Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu (2016 Auckland Museum, NZ)
Auckland Art Fair (2016 The Cloud, Akl NZ)
Te Hau a Uru: a message from the west (2014, Te Uru Gallery, Akl NZ)
Paradise Lost? Contemporary works from the pacific (2013 UC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC)
Call of Taranaki (2013 Puke Ariki Museum, P North NZ)
Star and Cloak (2013 Academy of Fine Arts, Wgn NZ)