Kahoa Hihi (2021) #1 - Original Artwork by Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Handmade watercolours and Ink on Watercolour paper
A5 work on paper framed
Many islands can be identified by their unique bling, Kahoa hihi are the beautiful gold snail shells that many Niueans proudly wear. These shells can only be collected in two places on the earth and Niue is one of them making the kahoa even more special for Niueans.
Cora-Allan Wickliffe is a multidisciplinary artist of Māori and Niue descent, originally from Waitakere. In recent years her practice has focused on her efforts to revive the art form of Hiapo, prior to this she completed her Masters in Visual Art and Design in Performance from AUT (2013), also receiving a AUT Postgraduate Deans award for her research. She has exhibited her work throughout Aotearoa and internationally including Australia, Niue, England and Canada. Her work is a part of major collections including The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Wallace Arts Trust, Lincoln University and private collections. Cora-Allan was recently awarded a McCahon House Residency (2021) the Creative New Zealand Pacific Heritage Artist award (2020), Sprjngboard Arts foundation trust award (2021) and received Annual Arts Grant funding to focus full time on her Hiapo practice in 2021. She works from her home studio in Swanson, West Auckland, is a founding member of BC COLLECTIVE and is a maker of Hiapo (Niuean Barkcloth).
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