Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 550 x 1800mm, 2009
In this work a divine power struggle between male and female elements is waged, one that every soul must go through. Tuku is a Maori verb meaning to gift, to cede, to give up or to allow and forms part of the word Kotuku. Kotuku is the name of the bird keeping guardianship in the foreground of this painting and also gliding above the mountainous male and female forms. Also known as the Great White Heron, the Kotuku is a rare migratory bird in Aotearoa. Admired for its angelic beauty, the bird flaps its wings slowly and purposefully as it takes flight. The feathers of Kotuku, like Huia, were highly prized by Maori and were used to adorn the heads of chiefs. The most telling compliment is to liken someone to a Kotuku as it symbolizes everything rare and beautiful. It is said that Kotuku are inhabitants of the nether world, the spirit land of Reinga.
In this otherworldly scene, the three Kotuku become angels watching the female form enveloping the male form underneath. To the artist this has little to do with human gender, but rather masculine and feminine emotional/energy polarities. "The masculine is sovereignty, the crown upon your soul. Femininity is humility and unconditional love, the heart within the breast of your soul and together they make the whole soul essence." - St. Germain To gift, to allow, to give up, the word Tuku has very feminine qualities. In essence Tuku means to surrender. In the ultimate experience of unconditional love or enlightenment there is a surrendering that occurs, a letting go of the ego. One must become entirely female in the face of God.
Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 122mm high x 400mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border. Shipping is $15 within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.
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