Māori Mermaid, Force of NatureMaterial: Digital illustration Paper: Silk Matte Paper, 297x420mmYear: 2020Concept: This is inspired by the wāhine in my life who are told to keep their emotions in check, to calm down, to work on their anger. This piece is to tell you it’s natural to feel what your feeling, you are powerful for it, and people better watch themselves trying to gaslight you!
Māori Mermaid aka Jessica Hinerangi Thompson- Carr is Ngāruahine, Ngāti Ruanui, and Ngāpuhi. She is 25 years old, born and bred in Ōtepoti. She achieved her degree in English and Art History in 2018, and her Masters Coursework in 2019. Jessica currently works as an artist, poet, and journalist, often under the name Māori Mermaid (@maori_mermaid on instagram). Her inspiration comes from her whakapapa and she is constantly seeking more information about herself and her future through her poetry and art.
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