Artist Profile: Joe Kemp



Joe Kemp
Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi, Te Arawa

Sculptor/Carver

My name is Joe Kemp, married to Sherie and we have three sons. We have lived in Lake Rotoma in the Bay of Plenty for over fifteen years. I have been into art since I can remember only finding my sculpting ability in recent years.

I enjoy carving human forms, especially females. I feel human forms connect me with my ancestral history which brings a whole new meaning and purpose to the finished art work. I use wood as my main medium but also carve stone and I enjoy the secrets and surprises that our native timbers reveal. I sense a connection with Tane Mahuta (the life force of the tree) when I work with wood and look to bring out the wairua (essence) in each piece I create.