ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Dr Maureen Lander (Te Hikutu, Ngapuhi) is a multi-media installation artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1986. From the early 1990’s until 2007 Maureen taught Maori Material Culture courses at Auckland University. She has a fine arts doctorate (DFA) from Elam School of Fine Arts and her contemporary artwork draws inspiration from woven fibre pieces in museum collections and early illustrations.
Since her retirement from university teaching Maureen has continued to make and exhibit her artwork, mainly in the form of large fibre installations such as Aho Kura Huna in Te Papa’s cloak exhibition, Kahu Ora during 2012.
Over recent years Maureen has been on several artist’s residencies in New Zealand and Australia where much of her artwork has been collaborative and has involved varying degrees of community engagement as part of the process. In February 2017 she worked with a team of helpers on the socially engaged participatory artwork titled Mahi Kara. Fun with Flags as part of headlands Sculpture on the Gulf.