Oil painting on canvas, 1270 x 1010mm, 2009
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“Effulgent Self” was a finalist in the 2010 Adam Portraiture Awards judged in Wellington, New Zealand
Sofia created this self-portrait after she had her head shaved at the February 2009 event 'Shave an Artist' along with 12 other New Zealand artists. The event raised $20,000 for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation.
This is a portrait of the artist's inner, spiritual, creative being consisting of light.
She is clothed in a native New Zealand kowhaiwhai flower, usually yellow in colour, and the way the petals sit on her shoulders resembles a korowai or a Maori cloak. Her ears organically dangle into long earrings similar to leaf-shaped pounamu/greenstone earrings. Growing from the back of her head is a huia feather, which traditionally signifies high status and dignity for Maori.
Sofia explores the notion of culture as being deeply routed in our inner being, or perhaps more like clothing that we wear to learn and distinguish ourselves. How far do we take our culture - into the afterlife, into our next lives, or do we discard our culture completely at the point of death or even sometimes during the course of our lives?
In Hindu thought, what does it mean when it is said that souls in the third world live in their self-effulgent form? Gurudeva says self-effulgent means full of light and that the soul's energy is permeating the astral and physical bodies.
Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 550mm high x 437mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.
Sofia Minson Oil Paintings | New Zealand Artwork