Fiona Kerr Gedson

 

I work from my home near Opotiki, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, where I live with my two daughters, my two sons having recently left home.  We're happy here. 

I appreciate the lifestyle my work and living in this area allows us.

I find inspiration by living life. My work allows me to reflect and pay honor to the things that are of importance to me. ‘Her childhood, her environment, the Maori women who taught her to weave and her precious family ties are all expressed in her art, in a unique mix of traditional skills and contemporary vision.’*

 

I’m fortunate to have my work well represented through out New Zealand and to have had the opportunity to be included in group exhibitions in France, Los Angeles and Japan.

 

*Denise Irvine, H&G Magazine, June 2006

 

Pou whirinaki translates to pillar of support, or post to lean on and the lines and angles in this piece, Kara – banner and Haki – flag make reference to Taaniko and Tukutuku panels designs. A Mandala is also combined – the meditative and spiritual qualities of these cultural symbols being acknowledged.