Oriah Rapley

What inspires your art practice?
What inspires me is like asking what makes us human. Who am I and why am I here?Why do I create and where does it come from? What inspires me? Wonderment and Courage. Can I pinpoint one thing? The feeling of my breath moving my body - That is inspiration.

What materials do you work in?
Wood, steel, hard stone, bronze, mixed media.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
The Bird Goddess series is self reflective and speaks about strength and timelessness. In this work they take on a protective guardian presence, standing in unity as silent witness. Their forms are feminine but celebrate the essential grace of all human beings reflecting back to the viewer their own strength, courage and freedom. Waka - Vessel for journeying Bird - Sensory navigator/messenger/guide. The Waka and Bird in union symbolizing the human body and mind. The vessel containing all that is required for this journey. The bird represents our inner knowing, guiding the waka – our body vessel. Navigating, trusting, journeying.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Koru Gallery - Taranaki, Moko Gallery - Coromandel.


Sculptures by Oriah Rapley

2018 Exhibition


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