Toi Maori Gallery

Alixene Anahera Curtis

The artwork of Para Matchett features high on the list of favourite artists for Alixene and the weaving of Te Aue Davis is second to none.
Alixene was first taught to weave in a formal context by Tohunga Whatu Raranga Heeni Kerekere. Skills and passion, inherited from her tīpuna, her Kuia, tohunga whatu raranga, Hokimate Pāpuni of Whakatōhea, whose moko kauae she proudly wears.
For Alixene, weaving is life. Her passion extends from the traditional techniques of her ancestors to those of Te Ao Hou. The maintenance and use of traditional resources within the creation of contemporary works is of the utmost importance.
Alixene strives to maintain and care for the native harakeke and other weaving materials within their natural environments for the continued use of all generations. Kaitiakitanga is an integral part of her process.
A mother of five children and grandmother to ten mokopuna, Alixene has worked hard to share and pass on her skills to the next generations.
Her active artistic involvement in her various communities has enabled her to share a diverse range of skills and knowledge to help others. Alixene has overcome struggle and adversary on many levels which has strengthened her resolve for excellence in her art forms.
Alixene attended Toihoukura in 2005-2008 achieving excellence and gaining the Dr. Jack Richards Scholarship in 2006. She was awarded the WOW Tairāwhiti Best New Designer award in 2007. She has worked as a weaver at Te Puia in 2012 and was kaitiaki of the harakeke collection at Pā Harakeke Pureora Tourism.
Alixene spent time alongside Mick Pendergrast and Rene Orchiston when the harakeke collection catalogue book was being compiled. A great listener, Alixene has spent many hours absorbing important knowledge from her koroua and kuia in a range of formal and informal contexts. She has extensive knowledge in both harakeke and in raranga whakairo.
She has commissioned works in the Tairāwhiti Museum, and in the Auckland Museum Basketry Collection commissioned by Mick Pendergrast. Alixene will have work represented in the Māori Battalion Exhibition in Gallipoli later this year.
Hutia te rito o te harakeke, Kei whea te kōmako e kō? Kī mai ki ahau; He aha te mea nui o te Ao? Māku e kī atu, he tāngata, he tāngata, he tangata.
My angel serene my Mokopuna in the Rangituhaha I dedicate my works to your memory