ABOUT THE ARTIST
Te Rongo is of Maori (Wai o Hua, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Te Kauwerau a Maki, Ngapuhi, Taranaki) English and Scottish ancestry.
Represented by Milford Galleries Dunedin New Zealand
Te Rongo Kirkwood is a mixed media artist who specialises in kiln formed, cold worked glass.
Her pieces draw on her Scottish, English, and Maori heritage while exploring ideas grounded in history, science and mythology.
Kirkwood incorporates a Maori worldview in her work, influenced by the Maori belief system that anchors tupuna (ancestors), whakapapa (existential links between all things) and the relationship between the past, present and future.
Her glass work is known for its precise and exacting nature, fusing Maori customary art and modern glass art techniques with unmatched attention to detail. She strives to create art experiences and enduring works of special meaning that connect people and places through a unique combination of contemporary interpretations of New Zealand artistic and cultural heritage.
Kirkwood has exhibited in galleries and exhibitions around the world including Vancouver, San Francisco, and Canberra as well as in multiple exhibitions in her home country of New Zealand.