Number 2 in the “Wahine in Gold Series “ by artist Josh Kiwikiwi.
This ongoing series focuses on what is Polynesian, namely who identify as Wahine Maori, and how can they be represented.
Embellished in gold Josh respectfully illustrates powerful imagery. Referencing from both the Maori world and other cultures that are intertwined with it, Josh depicts strong Wahine from Aotearoa and the wider Ao.
“Aroha” is a representation of Wahine Toa. She embodies strength, wisdom, but also love, for what her name means. The Gold Kawakawa leaf around her neck also echoes that Love as a heart shape. With discerning eyes she tells her story.