Te Ahua Nei 2012 Sweet n Sour E Kare You're so Colonised 2007 Where Everyone Gets a Bargain 2005 Geyserland Hotel 2004 Merchandise 1999 Woven Images Recent Work 2017- 2019

Gina Matchitt  Artist Bio 

Gina Matchitt was born in 1966 in Rotorua, New Zealand and studied at Unitec School of Design in Auckland.  Drawing on her Maori tribal affiliations, Te Arawa and Te Whakatohea, her work is a fusion of Maori and Pakeha (European) concepts.  Matchitt explores the rich traditions of Te Ao Maori (the Maori World), by reworking customary Maori pattern and language with contemporary materials.  Using recycled computer keys, stickers, fabric, photography and duct tape, Matchitt's work contributes to Maori visual language in the 21stcentury.  In 2019 her work He Tohutono (The Commanding Sign) was the runner up at the National Conetmaporary Art Awards at Waikato Museum. Widely exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, United States and Switzerland, Matchitt's work is featured in many major New Zealand collections such as Te Papa Tongarewa - The National Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery and The Dowse.

Gina Matchitt  lived in Washington DC and Rome, Italy from 2007 until 2014. The artist graduated with a Masters in Maori Visual Arts from Massey University in 2011 and returned to Aotearoa/New Zealand with her whanau in 2014.


Selected Exhibitions

2019

Finalist, Wallace Art Awards - Pah Homestead, Auckland

Runner-Up, National Contemporary Art Award - Waikato Museum, Hamilton

 

2018

Papaki Pattern Crush with painter Janet Muir - Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

POWER

International women's art exhibtion, co curated with photographer, Lely Constantinople

Lost Origins Gallery, Washington DC. USA

 

2017

Are Yous Okay? - Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

 

2014

Selfie Souvenir - Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey

American Tourister - Artisphere, Roslyn, Virginia USA

Untitled - World Trade Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

2012
Te Ahua Nei - City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

2011
8th Annual Transformer Silent  Auction and Benefit Party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
nominated DC and international artists selected work for an exhibition, auction and benefit

2010
Finalist, Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award - Waikato Museum, Hamilton New Zealand

2009
Sweet ‘n’ Sour - Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington NZ
Plastic Maori -The New Dowse, Wellington NZ 

2008
Te Taitanga - SouthWest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas USA

2007
E Kare You’re So Colonised - Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington NZ
Telecom Prospect - Wellington City Gallery, Wellington NZ
JOC (jewellery out of context) - Coda Museum, Netherlands
Making and Meaning - Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2006
Growing Up, 20 years of Unitec Jewellery Graduates - Objectspace, Auckland NZ

2005
Where Everyone Gets a Bargain - Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland NZ


2004
Geyserland Hotel - Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland NZ

 

Awards

2019 Runner -Up National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum - Judge Dr Fiona Pardington

1999 Seppelt Art Award - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

 

Public Collections

National

Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Museum
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery

Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Museum of New Zealand
The New Dowse, Wellington
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, NZ
Parliamentary Collection, The Beehive, Wellington NZ

The University of Waikato, Hamilton

 

International

The World Trade Organisation - Geneva, Switzerland

Benetton Collection - Treviso, Italy

 

Private Collections - New Zealand, Australia, United States, Switzerland


 

Selected Publications

A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand -

by Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray/David Bateman NZ
 

Seen This Century, 100 New Zealand Artists – by Warwick Brown/RandomHouse NZ

Lost in Translation, New Zealand Stories – (cover photograph) editor Marco 
Random House NZ


© Gina Matchitt