Tena koutou katoa
Ko Te Maipi te Maunga
Ko Kaihoata te Awa
Ko Uriti te Moana
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ko Rangitane, Ko Ngati Porou oku Iwi
Ko Bronwyn Waipuka-Callander toku ingoa
My name is Bronwyn Waipuka-Callander and I am a contemporary Maori artist living in Waipu, Northland.
Art has been a significant part of my life because as far as I can remember I have always been creative in some way or another. Largely self-taught, my experiences have included exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and New York.
My current style and medium is in the form of giclee fine art printing which I graphically create with my computer and output using my Epson Stylus 3880 printer. Recent themes and kaupapa (ideas) for my work have come from concepts such as Mana Wahine (female divine energies) and Papatuanuku (the love and appreciation for Mother Earth). My work comes directly from the heart and from my Tupuna (Ancestors). They often contain many layers of deeper meaning.
Inspiration comes from reading about leading women in Maori history, Atua Wahine (female deities) and female role models within my own Whanau and Whakapapa (genealogy). Other influences have also come from my interest in researching and learning about the affects colonisation has had on Maori culture and our people.
I am very fortunate to be doing something I am passionate about which is largely due to the love and support of my husband, Richard. I am also grateful for the ongoing encouragement and praise from Whanau, friends and those who continue to be inspired by my work.
Nga mihi nui