Ko te timatamga o te whakaaronui, ko te wehi ki nga Atua, na ratou nei nga mea katoa ...
Julie began her artistic journey with ta moko in the early 1990s at which time she also began studies in Maori Visual Arts and Third World Development. In 2004, Julie was commissioned - along with New Zealand’s foremost Ta moko artists - to perform her practice in full view of the public at Te Papa National Museum. Over the exhibition period, Julie tattooed full peha or puhoro on two women (covering the lower back, hips and thighs down to the knee).
It is work on which Julie is consistently challenged, through a belief that females traditionally never wore the peha, it being considered the mark of a warrior. Julie asserts there is documentary evidence women did indeed wear peha, and there must be little doubt that many modern-day women deserve the title of warrior!
UNO magazine, Bay of Plenty 2013.
ⓒ Norm Heke
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