Original painting by Sofia Minson
Oil on canvas. 1270 x 1010mm.
This is a portrait of the artist's inner, spiritual, creative being consisting of light. She is clothed in a native 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.