Stefan Wirihana Mau
Whakatā (at rest)
acrylic with mineral sand on archival poplar panel
162 x 122cm
Courtesy of the artist
Stefan Wirihana Mau is an artist of Māori (Ngāpuhi) and Eastern European descent. Born in Frankston, Mau lives and works on BoonWurrung and Wurundjeri Country. His practice spans across painting, printmaking and sculpture, exploring cultural concepts as he seeks to connect with his Māori heritage. Growing up away from his ancestral lands in Aotearoa (NZ) and having limited access to cultural practice, Mau's work draws from his growing understanding of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) which he has begun weaving into his art practice as he learns. Most recently his work has been exhibited at NGV as part of Melbourne Now (2023).
'This work is made using remnant paint sourced from my seasonal job making tennis courts. The textured material is made from a mixture of water based acrylic and mineral sand. The thick consistency makes it more challenging to paint with and therefore lends itself to more abstract and gestural mark making. Relevant to the themes of my broader artistic practice this painting includes symbolism of atua (Māori gods) and tipuna (ancestors) but the abstract and gestural nature of the work also allows for individual interpretation.'
Stefan Wirihana Mau with his artwork 'Whakatā (at rest)' 2023. Photo: Elijah Clarke.
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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