Keri Mei Zagrobelna

Image: Keri Mei Zagrobelna

Image: Keri Mei Zagrobelna

Keri-Mei Zagrobelna’s (Te Whanau-a-Apanui / Te Ati Awa) has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa, Australia, Europe and America with her chosen medium based in adornments and jewellery.   She is a co-founder of The Hine-Pae-Kura Collective providing guidance and support for emerging Maori female artists.

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7c: (Above)  Huia Heru,  Sterling silver, Pounamu (New Zealand Jade), dimensions variable, 2019, 7b: (Below)  Maikuku-O-Mahuika,  14CT PLU Silver, dimensions variable, 2019, Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

7c: (Above) Huia Heru, Sterling silver, Pounamu (New Zealand Jade), dimensions variable, 2019, 7b: (Below) Maikuku-O-Mahuika, 14CT PLU Silver, dimensions variable, 2019, Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London

7a: Mahuika, 2019 Framed photograph 297 x 420mm

7b: Maikuku-O-Mahuika, 2019 14CT PLU Silver Dimensions variable

7c: Huia Heru, 2019 Sterling silver, Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) Dimensions variable

7d: Silver piupiu, maikuku necklace, 2019 Mixed media Dimensions variable, 2019 

This series of work is aesthetically based around Mahuika the Maori female deity of fire. Mahuika is a strong female ancestor and her story revolves around her finger nails, fingernails in a contemporary sense are seen as a very feminine thing. Dainty, like a “lady” or sharp and piercing like a witch. With Mahuika there are many strong connections that reside in the kaupapa of the exhibition in regards to the multiplicities that arise as being Pasifika, cultural practices and feminism.