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DIY Arts Dinner Clues: Shane Cotton

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Shane Cotton, 2008 Arts Foundation Laureate
Visual Artist

1. This artist is one of a generation of young Māori artists who came to prominence in the 1990s for their innovative use of non-traditional materials and processes, while directly addressing concerns of importance to Maori. This generation, including fellow Arts Foundation awarded artists, Michael Parekowhai and Peter Robinson and others, brought a new vision to contemporary art in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and in particular Māori visual art.

2. He is the artist behind a five-storey high mural, entitled Maunga, in Britomart, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. It brings contemporary Māori art outside the walls of the gallery and into the streets of downtown waterfront Auckland. This work is a rendering of 25 pot motifs, each of which represents a maunga (place or mountain) in New Zealand.

3. Describing his practice, this artist says, "Biculturalism, how our histories have been interwoven over time, things that have come out of that connection – culture, politics, societal living – have been the driving factors in my work."