'A Veiled Legacy ' 2001 <Ask
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Acrylic and mixed media on board , series of 4 - 90 x 115cm each .
" In these works Prince explores the effects of 1880’s colonial legislation on Maori women. Maori customary law did not distinguish between men and women, but under English law women's property became the property of her husband, therefore effectively confiscating Maori women's rights to their land in mixed marriages. It is recorded that in Hawkes Bay a large number of Maori women refused to enter into marriage in order to retain their land and mana. Hounding dogs and bridal veils are just some of the images that feature in 'A Veiled Legacy'.
Prince - Born 1952 - Maori (Ngati Whatua / Nga Puhi)
' A Veiled Legacy ' 2001
Diane Prince was born in Wellington, and descends from the tribes of Nga Puhi and Ngati Whatua. Prince is a multi-media artist: painter, weaver, installation art practitioner and an award winning set designer who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally over the last fifteen years. A long time veteran of Maori politics and land struggles, her work is a visual expression of her strong stand on Maori rights and Maori women's issues. Writes Witi Ihimaera: "Her works consistently eyeball the ongoing failure of Crown and leaders to recognise Maori Sovereignty and are concerned with providing strong symbolic platforms on which Maori can stand".