‘Connection to land in Maori culture is intensely strong. In reflecting on turangawaewae, I felt it would be remiss not to acknowledge the fragility of our environment. The medal considers Kaitiaki, the Maori concept of our role as guardians of nature and acknowledges the environmental impact of making the medal‘.
– Louise Dentice
Louise was born and bred in Titirangi, West Auckland and currently lives in East London where she has been based for the last five years. She completed a Bachelor of Design, Sculpture (Hons) at Unitec in 2001.
Alongside her marketing career, she is a writer, jeweller and artist. She sculpts, carves and casts pieces using a range of materials, but primarily works with ceramics and bronze.
Louise was invited to join the Medal Artists New Zealand (MANZ) group in 2009 and soon after joined FIDEM, the International Art Medal Federation. Medals and coins have always had an appeal for her – she has been a collector since she was young. Becoming a member of MANZ has had a huge influence on Louise’s artistic development and she particularly relishes the challenge of working within (and pushing) the parameters of the medal-making genre.