Māori Mermaid, Tīno WāhineMaterial: Digital illustration Paper: Silk Matte Paper, 297x420mmYear: 2020Concept: I styled this wahine to represent the absolute goal for me. The outfit is on point, the kete is pink, the hair is TINO colours, her bare feet are connected to Papatūānuku, and her moko kauae is revealed. She is the goal, standing in her power and her māoritanga.
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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