Dagmar Dyck

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Born in 1972, Dyck is a New Zealander of Tongan and Germandescent. After completing a Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Arts at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts in 1995, Dyck wenton to exhibit in Norway, Australia, Western Samoa and throughout New Zealand. Her works are held in both public and private collections in New Zealand and she has been the recipient ofnumerous awards, scholarships and Creative New Zealand grants.

Dyck's work is a celebration of heritage and areinvigoration of

traditional functional objects as emblems of Pacific Art.To this end, she incorporates images of Tongan breastplates,Maata'u or fish hooks, baskets, bowls, necklaces and flywhisks in her work. As a Pacific artist, Dyck acknowledges the cultural responsibility she takes on: &ldquo I am sensitive andprotective of my Polynesian heritage. I wish to create a harmonious blend of my different cultures and to focus on the value of preserving them in a contemporary vision&ldquo .

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