Nga Rauru, Ngati Whatua, Ngati Kikopiri, Te Arawa
Raewyn Roberts is of Scots, English and Maori descent
Before exploring glass, Raewyn worked for many years sculpturally in clay. Raewyn graduated from Whanganui UCOL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Distinction) in 2004, majoring in Glass. In 2006 she completed an honours year in Art & Design at the Auckland University of Technology. Her graduate show work was selected for the NZ Survey of Glass, Southern Exposure Exhibition which toured Denmark in 2004.
In a review of the 2004 “New and Emerging Glass Artists Australia NZ- Second generation”, Matthew Kangas in American Glass Quarterly described her work as the most encouraging in the Exhibition, saying that “except for the Libensky’s, few glass sculptors have successfully taken on such strict arrangements”. Raewyn Roberts may well be the hope of New Zealand’s next generation of glass artists”.
Raewyn exhibits work regularly in exhibitions, most recently “Looking Glass – Reflecting Ideas” at Pataka Gallery in Porirua.
Formerly working as Whanganui Glass Development Project Manager, developing and promoting the glass community and the Whanganui Festival of Glass, she now works from her studio in Whanganui.
“As a glass artist of both Maori and European descent my work is concerned with issues of dual identity in post colonial Aotearoa, specifically the balance between Maori and European dynamics in the contemporary art scene.
My academic research for both my Degree in Fine Arts and my Post Graduate work has focused on appropriation, who can use what images and for what purpose.”