Original painting by Sofia Minson
Acrylic vinyl paint on canvas. 1975 x 1350mm including frame.
Hine-tītama’s father was Tāne, the god of the forest and progenitor of mankind. Her mother was Hineahuone - the first woman, the first human. Hineahuone was formed by Tāne from the earth.
Tāne betrayed Hine-tītama. He slept with her without telling her that he was her father. When she realised the truth she fled to the underworld of chaos and potentially. She became Hine-nui-te-pō, the Great Woman of the Night. She now lovingly welcomes her human children as they pass through death into the next realm.
Her form was inspired by dozens of 19th and 20th century black and white photographs of Maori. I pieced together this portrait from our young female ancestors in those photos. And she has become something entirely new in the creative process.