Evelyn Kawiti

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Evelyn Kawiti ist eine Maori aus einer Königsfamilie stammend. Sie wurde wie viele andere Maoris in den 60zigern und den 70zigern in den Schulen nach Britischem Vorbild erzogen. Das heißt sie musste als Erwachsene ihre eigene Muttersprache lernen. Evelyn Kawiti ist Illustratorin und malt seit einigen Jahren bewusst mit Wasserfarben, um die Frage nach der eigenen Indentität für sich und für die Umwelt bewußt zu machen und um auf noch heute vorhandene Missstände im gesellschaftlichen Zusammenleben zwischen Weißen und Maoris in Neuseeland aufmerksam zu machen und um Wiederholungen zu vermeiden.

Tribe/Iwi: Ngapuhi Subtribe: Ngatihine

Ancestor/Tupuna: Te Ruki Kawiti

Secondary Education: Queen Victoria School for Maori Girls, Parnell, Auckland

Tertiary Education:

Auckland Technical Institute – Graphic Arts Course 1971-1972

Bachelor Visual Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology, University of Auckland 2005 – 2008, Graduated 2009

Technique:

watercolour painting – i draw the figure quickly with a fine brush and indian ink then, squirt water from a bottle to the work so that it runs off leaving the outline of figure on paper. then i quickly drop coloured calligraphic transparent inks onto the work. the colour runs into the water. this is a reversed technique whereby water is not applied first. but applied to the work after it is painted onto the paper surface. the image has been painted from a photographic reference.

the watercolour technique best illustrates the washing away of identity. maori children of the early 1900s were the first ones to learn english. in 1867 the native schools code was passed in parliament whereby english was to be taught to maori children in schools called native schools. the artist herself attended a native school in northland in 1962. no maori whatsoever was taught, only english. all pupils were maori except for the schoolmaster’s children who were pakeha. most local pakeha children attended the nearest town’s school.