Number 1 in the “Wahine in Gold Series “ by artist Josh Kiwikiwi.
This ongoing series focuses on what is Polynesian, namely who identify as Wahine Maori, and how can they be represented.
Embellished in gold Josh respectfully illustrates powerful imagery. Referencing from both the Maori world and other cultures that are intertwined with it, Josh depicts strong Wahine from Aotearoa and the wider Ao.
“Erina” is a mixed Maori/Caribbean Wahine whom Josh took reference from those in his own culturally diverse extended Whanau. She represents those who have taken the Journey from one place to another, in the quest to find their culture.