Tuakiri : Shane Cotton in the pursuit of identity

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dc.contributor.author Bishop-Jahnke, Shelley en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-18T23:18:13Z en
dc.date.available 2008-09-18T23:18:13Z en
dc.date.issued 2003 en
dc.identifier.issn THESIS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/2937 en
dc.description Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the art of Shane Cotton in terms of the evolution of his work as a journey of self discovery. It surveys the production of his work from 1991-2003. The study finds that Cotton's development as a Maori artist is analogous to the development of his identity as Ngati Rangi. The thesis demonstrates that a limited knowledge of Maori conceptual paradigms evident in the early stages of Cotton's career was epitomised by the application of a Western art framework to express Maori notions of cosmogony. The thesis shows that Cotton's visual vocabulary has developed since then revealing a growing awareness of Maori ideology thus allowing him to explore aspects of his own identity within a Maori conceptual framework. By examining a range of visual images the thesis demonstrates Cotton's commitment to defining his identity which has transformed over time from a generic Maori orientation to one that is more hapu centric. The thesis finds that Cotton's investigation into his heritage as Ngati Rangi has provided him with an elaborate vocabulary of syncretic symbols and motifs with which to demonstrate the impact of Christianity on Taitokerau art and culture. In the journey to reclaim Ngati Rangi imagery and his own identity, the thesis shows that Cotton's art has evolved to become firmly anchored in Te Ao Maori. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1449656 en
dc.rights Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Interlibrary Loan. en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Tuakiri : Shane Cotton in the pursuit of identity en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/ClosedAccess en


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