Te Waka a Māui

Original painting by Sofia Minson

Ink-like vinyl paint (flashe) on canvas. 1640 x 3060mm (triptych).

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
- Joseph Campbell

When you stand in front of this 3 metre wide painting, its immense scale makes you feel like you're on a precipice. You become part of the landscape.  You look out towards the snow covered mountains of Tiritiri-o-te-Moana (Southern Alps). 

Māui is the demi-god trickster hero of Polynesian mythology. 

When Māui and his brothers went out fishing one day, he dropped his magic fishhook over the side and pulled to the surface Te Ika a Māui (the fish of Māui), also known as the North Island of New Zealand.  

His waka became the South Island, Te Waka a Māui. Rakiura (Stewart Island) is the anchor of the waka.

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