Mana Wāhine

Artist: Sharma
Dimensions:16.5 inch x 11.7inch
Medium: Photography & digital drawing

Artist Profile

He uri au nō Te Arawa Ngāti pikiao, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungungu me Tainui, Kō Sharma Waiomio tōku ingoa. Rua Tekau Aku tau. E Noho Ana au ki Whataroa, ki rō Tai Poutini. Kia Ora My name is Sharma Waiomio, I am a 20 year old emerging artist who has a passion for Toi Māori and expressing my passion for Toi Māori through digital drawing & painting. I uphold the mana & creativity of my Ancestors through my mahi, it allows me to feel more connected to my Whakapapa

Artist Statement

“Earth provides enough to serve every man’s need. But not every man’s greed” -Mahatma Ghandi
My photography/digital drawing mixed media piece capturing and representing the spiritual connection between The land and water, and Indigenous people, inspired by Ria halls track “OWNER” Papatūānuku is our sense of identity. She gives us sustainability, shows us unity and enough resources to continue to live alongside her in harmony. We as Indigenous Māori people must hold fast to the practises of kaitiakitanga, for the sake of the everlasting health of our sacred planet.
We captured photographs at the Waitangi Taonga river, in the middle of the west coast, South Island. The taniwha on the left is Te Tai o Poutini, Kaitiaki of the waters here in the west coast, protecting the tangata whenua, and the Mauri of Pounamu. The Taniwha on the right is that of Ngahue, an Atua in which the pounamu receives its MANA from.
Whatungarongaro Te tangata. Toitū Te whenua

How I was affected

Covid 19 has allowed me more time for me to create Māori artworks in a peaceful environment. The world stopped and allowed for healing & creating when COVID hit. I was able to focus more on my art and building a social media audience on my platforms.

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