Tamsen Hopkinson Tamsen HopkinsonDates: 2021
Tamsen Hopkinson, Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Ngati Pahauwera is a Maori artist from Aotearoa, based in Narrm Melbourne. Her practice is an expression of mana wahine from a kaupapa Maori world view, which is also informed by her Irish Pakeha ancestry. Tamsen’s work questions the construction of race, the patriarchal nature of colonisation and the hiriwa / silver area between binaries. Tamsen uses ideas of materiality to contrast, contradict and question the mistranslation between two cultures, based in a painting conversation. Tino Rangatiratanga underpins and grounds her practice. Tamsen Hopkinson (BFA / BA (hons)) majored in Painting, Art History and Philosophy from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Aotearoa. Tamsen has worked across multiple artist run spaces over the last 8 years including programming for West Space, TCB Art Inc. and is a current member of the Un Magazine Advisory board. She is the producer of Dust Productions, a video and audio storytelling artist collective with a focus on contemporary art and accessibility: http://unprojects.org.au/un-extended/STUDIO/ Tamsen has collaborated across various music projects including Blank Statements, J.McFarlane’s Reality Guest and BCC. She currently works as a Teaching Associate at Monash University of Art Design and Architecture (MADA).