Cora-Allan Lafaiki Twiss

Cora-Allan Lafaiki Twiss (née Wickliffe) is a multi-disciplinary artist of Maori (Nga Puhi, Tainui) and Niuean descent. A contemporary practitioner of the Niuean tradition of barkcloth known as Hiapo, she is credited with reviving the "sleeping artform" which has not been practised in Niue for several generations.

Her Hiapo works deconstruct and reconstruct the decorative elements of the traditional form – delicate botanical drawings and abstract patterns – to create a contemporary interpretation. In creating the work she draws freehand on the hiapo cloth, which she has made, using traditional pigments made from plants. Lafaiki Twiss has a Masters in Visual Art and Design from AUT and although early in her career has attracted considerable attention with her work written about in New Zealand's two leading art magazines. In 2021, she had artists residencies at Te Whare Hera Massey University Wellington, and McCahon House which said she was chosen for the way she "weaves together and embraces history, contemporary thought and personal exploration along with form, representation and symbolic imagery". In 2020 she won the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Award. She has work in wide-ranging collections including Te Papa and Auckland Museum.
Gifts from Niue
2022
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Whenua paint, kāpia ink on Hiapo
765 x 570mm
Gifts from Niue
2022
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Whenua paint, kāpia ink on Hiapo
765 x 570mm
Histories on Hiapo installation view
2022
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Histories on Hiapo installation view
2022
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Histories on Hiapo installation view
2022
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Histories on Hiapo installation view
2022
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Pacific Sampler 2: Hiapo
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
handmade hiapo traditional pigments
2000 x 700mm
Pacific Sampler 2: Hiapo
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
handmade hiapo traditional pigments
2000 x 700mm
Hiapo #1
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
barkcloth and traditional dyes
650 x 680 mm
Hiapo #1
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
barkcloth and traditional dyes
650 x 680 mm
Our last supper with you revised
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Tautai Gallery
Our last supper with you revised
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Tautai Gallery
Our last supper with you revised (performance)
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Our last supper with you revised (performance)
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Hiapo Sampler #1
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
barkcloth and traditional dyes
770 x 440 mm
Hiapo Sampler #1
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
barkcloth and traditional dyes
770 x 440 mm
Hiapo Sampler #2
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
barkcloth and traditional dyes
400 x 540 mm
Hiapo Sampler #2
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
barkcloth and traditional dyes
400 x 540 mm
Ika
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
handmade hiapo traditional pigments
1300 x 975 mm
Ika
2020
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
handmade hiapo traditional pigments
1300 x 975 mm