Natalie Kere is a multi-disciplinary artist located in Nelson, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her work represents her connection to Māori culture, the indigenous people of the land. Her use of contemporary materials to emulate the natural characteristics of pounamu (greenstone), a stone prized for its beauty and resilience, is an example of binding ancestral influence into modern practice. Her work is a fusion of resin and paint, encased within metal, maximising the fine details of the stone to give the viewer an immediate understanding of its intricacies.
BIO / TESTIMONIALS
I'm a Contemporary Maori Artist. I whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kuia. I have always been drawn to creative outlets, especially art since a young age.
My Dad is a Master Carver in Wood and Oamaru Stone. His passion for Māori Art has been passed down to me. My passion came from creating Pounamu (Greenstone) and other beautiful Stones, out of a two-pot epoxy resin, using spray cans to manipulate the pour to imitate stone.
Currently, I have been adding to my creativity and have introduced carving contemporary jewellery from stones I have found. This has turned into an addictive passion I want to pursue more.
Learning more about my culture through Te Reo, Whanau and research I am further developing my cultural passion. I hope others can feel the same way when viewing or purchasing my pieces.