Loose canvas with woven flax
Sofia painted "Midnight Rose" on loose canvas. In reference to traditional Maori korowai (cloaks) and whariki (large flax mats), the artwork has been completed with feathers and a woven flax border.
The designs in the rose are influenced by traditional Maori, Pacific and Eastern motifs.
The rose continues the multi-cultural theme referring to Sofia's English heritage, which along with her Irish, Swedish and Ngati Porou Maori heritage, strongly informs much of her work.
The rise of new life
The rose as well as the koru and double spiral patterns that feature in this work, are all symbols of creation, unfurling and growth.
A 2009 article by Les R. Tumoana Williams and Manuka Henare entitled “The double spiral and ways of knowing” says that the spiral is a powerful reference for the Māori world, symbolising “the unfolding of the cosmos from a core where there is neither space nor time. The source and flow of life-energy embraces the source and flow of knowledge; they reverberate through the universe and give purpose and meaning to all things. The dynamic cycles of life, growth, decay, death and rebirth are pervasive at all levels.”