Maia McDonald
I know your secrets
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Maia McDonald, I know your secrets, 2021

860 x 670 mm 

Watercolour on paper 


“My practice addresses ideas about the human condition and our relationship to the environment. I acknowledge value creation and indigeneity as a primary concern, while developing and growing my artistic practice”. - Maia McDonald

Maia Robin McDonald is a cross disciplinary artist, writer and curator, living and working in Taranaki, Aotearoa. She works primarily with clay. Her most recent role was Indigenous Curator at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne.

Hapu:  Ngaati Mutunga, Urenui Marae, Taranaki, NZ.

Iwi: Te Āti Awa, Parihaka, Taranaki, NZ.

Maia has exhibited in New Zealand and abroad, her first solo exhibition was in 2015 at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington and she continues to exhibit annually. Her work has been acquired by Peter McCleavey Gallery, and is held in public and private collections including Wellington Museum, Puke Ariki Museum, Wellington City Art Collection and more recently the Wallace Arts Trust.

She completed her BFA in Photo Media (with honours) at Massey University, Wellington and in 2017 was awarded a Diploma in Maaori Art and Design, having studied under Maaori master uku artist, Wi Taepa. While completing her studies in Porirua, she initiated and was responsible for running Wellington Clay collective.