Te Rongo Kirkwood – Biography
Te Rongo Kirkwood is a mixed-media artist who specialises in kiln formed, coldworked glass. Her work explores stories and concepts that are influenced by her Maori, English, and Scottish heritage, navigating celestial and metaphysical themes. Her sculptural pieces are a testament to her love of fine detail, technical mastery and experimentation.
With a connection to the natural elements, glass itself formed from sand, Te Rongo draws inspiration from the natural world. While each piece has a story and underlying meaning, it is also celebrated for the pure, innate, seductive beauty of the materials.
Kirkwood has exhibited in galleries and exhibitions around the world including Vancouver, San Francisco, and Canberra as well as in multiple exhibitions in her home country of New Zealand.
In my practice I am interested in exploring archetypal symbolism that signals sacred ritual, and marks significant events in moments of time, that then become immortalised in memory.