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Ngāpuhi, Ngai Takoto
Faith investigates ideas about genealogy, cultural memory and personal narrative and the interconnectedness of ancestry, myth and culture in her work. She plays with the conventions of woodcut, sign and ornamentation to construct new interrelationships.
Faith explores stories, pattern and colour. These elements are layered visually through some combination of print process. Mainly she works with woodcut, paper and painterly applications of ink.
Faith McManus has a Diploma of Fine Arts (Honours) from Otago Polytechnic, a Diploma of Teaching from the Dunedin College of Education and a Masters of Fine Arts from RMIT University, Melbourne. She is a lecturer in drawing, printmaking, intermedia and Pacific studies art history at NorthTec. Faith has exhibited her work widely in NZ and internationally in Australia, USA and Japan. She was awarded the Zonta Printmakers prize in 1995. She is a founding member of the Māori Printmaking Collective and is regularly involved in cultural art exchanges and artist residencies. In 2007 and 2011 Faith designed several banners for the Whangarei District Council.