Ngati Kahungunu, Kai Tahu, Ngati Porou, Ngati Tuwharetoa
Neke Moa was born in Devonport, Auckland in 1971. Moa predominantly works with stone, Pounamu (jade) and locally sourced materials making body adornment/ contemporary jewellery and objects for sale and exhibition. In 2000 she gained a Diploma of Design and Art at Te Waananga-o-Raukawa and then furthered her studies at Whitireia NZ, completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts in 2007.
Moa has exhibited widely, throughout Aotearoa and also internationally, as part of The Handshake Project 2010-2013 and the Wunderrūma exhibition 2014. Wunderrūma exhibited at The Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt between June and September this year and will be in the Auckland Museum until early June 2015. Recent exhibitions include a solo show ‘Kai’ at QUOIL gallery in Wellington and the Maori Art market at the TSB arena in Wellington. Moa, has also been accepted to show at the special exhibition at Schmuck in Munich in March 2015, a great achievement. On return this work will go into Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand.
Neke’s love of pounamu is expressed throughout her work. It is a material she believes represents and encompasses the qualities of being Maori and being from Aotearoa.
Artist Statement: Mana Motuhake: Independence through self determination. Being Tangata Whenua and Wahine Maori informs and enriches my art
practice. A platform for social, political and cultural exchange, my jewellery challenges and engages its audience through material, concept, research
Neke will also be exhibiting in Perfect mutations from 08 July to 19 July 2015.