Biography

Graduating with a master’s degree in Art History and Cultural Anthropology, Ina has spent most of her life travelling and living abroad in the United States, North Africa and Italy. 

Her professional interaction with the world of printmaking started to take shape in New Zealand, where she grew up, exhibiting widely within the print community there. 

Her artistic education has included traditional engraving and etching techniques at the French Institute of Tetouan in Morocco and Il Bisonte Foundation for Art and Printmaking in Florence

She is currently developing projects to promote printmaking in New Zealand. Her current research interests are in contemporary printmaking, papermaking, sustainability in the arts, ecological and social justice. 

“I am interested in the powerful relationship between objects and memory and how this shapes how we see ourselves. My work reflects ideas about cultural memory and individual identity. I have always been fascinated by the idea of individuals and cultures reinventing themselves. My examination of objects is something akin to an archaeologist, asking – what do these fragments of material culture say about ourselves?”

“My artistic process combines graphic, black and white woodblock images and vibrant, colourful stencils, applied using aerosol paints. This contrast between traditional and contemporary printmaking processes reflects the tension between modern identities that are constantly emerging and flourishing from within dominant cultural platforms”. 

I am always keen to get involved in collaborative art projects, exhibitions and create private commissions.

Contact: i.arraoui@gmail.com

Facebook and Instagram: @inaarraoui