Penny artworks are an expression of the artist’s narratives of finding one’s cultural identity. Penny is of Maori (Te Mahurehure, Ngāpuhi) Irish and Scottish descent.
Her works explore memories, stories, and longing of and for whanau, whakapapa and tūrangawaewae, within both her Maori and European ancestry. She questions what we have lost culturally through colonisation and pacific diaspora but also the connections that we can retrace and hold within ourselves to pass on to future generations. The red thread in Penny’s work represents I Nga Wa O Mua, the Maori world view to take the past with us into the future for guidance.
Penny graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1995. She has work in the permanent collections of the Wallace Arts Trust, Foundation North, Auckland Event Centre, The University of Auckland and in public and private collections across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and China.
Te Whakahoki by Vaughan Rapatahana
Te Whakahoki (YouTube)
Mana Muse (YouTube)
Penny Howard's four muses
Standing Room Only, RNZ
Interview with Ryan Bradley
1 October, 2016
Read T.J McNamara's NZ Herald review
of Karakia Precari online here.