Louie Zalk-Neale

Purapura whetū // my legs are floating

Ngāi Te Rangi

Kei Matairangi tōku kainga ināianei (2020) - video still, exhibited at Artspace Aotearoa New Artists Show 2020
I’m māhoe fairy (2020) - acrylic on cork
Angel and me (2020) - ink on paper
Peketua research image (2020) - tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaf fibre

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours

My queerness burrows into the ground and trembles up through the leaves.

Just like the processes of plants and worms and fungi, everyone goes through transformations. But transformations are more blatant when they don’t align with the majority — and this is where I feel most potent.

I enact and perform my connection to the ecologies I’m part of, and my whakapapa is revealed to me, because queerness is the most natural thing.



Block 2 Level E