Grace Tapuatua Kura Henry was born in Rarotonga in 1977. Educated at Northland College and Glenfield College in Auckland, Grace also studied at the Auckland Univerity of Technology, gaining a diploma in Business Studies.
The artist states ‘ My appreciation and respect of art grew after taking an interior design course, the works and architecture of Le Coubusier really propelled me to look further and open my eyes to a wider world, his church at Ron Champ and Villa Savoy igniting my curiosity. I also admire the works of Georgia O’Keefe, Barbara Hepworth, Gordon Walters, Gustav Klimt and all sculptors and artists, who have the courage to bring their art into the world, realising their talents, flaws and who they are as individuals and as a tribe.
My works are primarily based on the female form, the concave and convex curves so common of our sea shells, and water, with it’s flowing lines and enduring nature, able to shape the world around it and dissolve negativity (energetic sense).
I have only worked hard stone since returning home in March, before this I experimented with small hard stones, shaping and polishing and Oamaru limestone, using hand tools. When working with Rarotongan basalt stone, it has always reminded what an honour it is to be doing it. I feel a deep appreciation for its form, how it came to be here, where it has come from, what it has been through, been a part of… if only the rocks could talk. All the while trying to enhance what nature has achieved in the hope that my workings do the basalt stone justice.’
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