Wāhine admiring the waterfall
Wāhine amongst the Lillies
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
‘Consider the Lillies’ explores the representation of Indigenous women throughout art history. Erotic imagery of indigenous women was produced by colonial Pākehā men upon traveling to the pacific islands. These images not only created a misrepresentation of culture, but they also showed the women as being exotic and ‘other.’ For women to be accepted they felt they needed to be thin and pale. Flowers have a history of being compared to feminine beauty and here the lily has been used. I am using photographic techniques to create new representations of contemporary women.