Sofia describes how creating this piece was a very different experience for her. In working with pattern, there is no formal landscape or portrait to bring into fruition. Rather, it is a process of playing with the idea of creation, of bringing yin and yang and light and dark into the context of a single pattern. “Working so often with intense portraits and lifelike forms, I wanted to break this up to create something more abstract.” Though she usually uses a sense of realism in her work, Sofia strayed from the norm with Koru and created a fun, playful piece that is entirely pattern based.
“Painting Koru was a very free-flowing, full-body experience for me.”
The size of the piece allowed her to create soft rounds and circles, mapping out the shapes with the full length of her arm. Using the extent of her reach, she felt a connection to the canvas in a more bodily, spiralling way. In this sense, painting it was almost like a dance – and an amusing reflection of the koru.
The original mapping out of the pattern was a physical, playful experience. It grew from Sofia’s unconscious in much the same way that Te Ao Mārama grew from Te Pō, a depiction that is clear in the painting itself.