Aroha Novak is a multidisciplinary artist based in Ōtepoti Dunedin. Her work is mainly project based, looking at socio economic issues and forgotten histories within a New Zealand context. Her practice encompasses sculpture, installation, photography, painting and sound. She graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 2007 and has exhibited nationally since 2008.
Novak added her artistic mark to our truck's public participatory artwork by painting large-scale motifs on the front door. The graphic design is derived from traditional tukutuku panels that adorn the inside of marae (Maori meeting houses). Each motif has a different story and meaning. The motif painted on the door is called 'poutama' and represents learning, the steps relating to the advancement and quest for higher knowledge.
As she said: "by placing this pattern on The Nomadic Art Gallery, it is acknowledging our indigenous Maori culture on a truck that is travelling the length of Aotearoa, and also creates a connection with the gallery's project of meeting, collaborating and creating new works of art with artists".
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