Original painting by Sofia Minson
Flashe and acrylic on canvas. 1148 x 970mm.
“Māori Jesus” is Sofia Minson's depiction of the Messiah as tangata whenua (indigenous Māori) with full-face moko (traditional tattoo). A native huia bird is tucked into his neck. Minson says her goal with this portrait "is to sense the fluidity and exchange of faith, wairua (spirit), culture, art and religion between people through the ages."