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Kriselle Baker is an art historian who recently completed a highly regarded thesis on the artist Ralph Hotere: "Ralph Hotere: the Vence paintings: Sangro, Polaris, Algerie". She was born in 1960 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, and completed a BA in Russian and Japanese at The University of Auckland. She spent the next decade living in Tokyo and Sydney before returning to Auckland to complete her MA in Art History at Elam, University of Auckland. She is currently writing her PhD thesis, also on the work of Ralph Hotere, focusing on the use of text in his art. She is also compiling a digital catalogue raisonne of Hotere's works. Ralph Hotere, of Maori heritage, is one of New Zealand's foremost contemporary artists. Although his work is predominantly abstract it invariably carries a powerful political statement in the New Zealand context.


"One day someone will get together an exhibition of Hotere's 'Woman' drawings--and it'll be one of the great shows." --Bill Manhire, former poet laureate

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