Nikora was fortunate to accompany her mentor to Kokiri Putahi, the seventh International Indigenous Artists Gathering. An extraordinary experience amongst astounding artists who will continue to inspire her work in mixed media.
Nikora has demonstrated her passion and dedication to Tā moko and reaffirmed her obligation to carry this customary practice through to future generations. With experience in printmaking, sculpture, installation and painting, Nikora has recently been exploring large scale string installation.
Based in Whangarei, Nikora is currently the Māori Arts Technician for Maunga Kura Toi, Toi Te Wai-Ngārahu (Bachelor of Māori Arts), where she graduated in 2017.
Nikora has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Maori Visual Arts.
This work investigates customary practices, tools and techniques through an exploration of lashing associated with the tools of tā moko.
As a tā moko practitioner I am tasked with maintaining the art form amidst its’ burgeoning resurgence and revitalisation. Through the binding of lashing, I connect to the art of tā moko past, present and future.