Falling Leaves of Kapadokya
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 260mm high x 550mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 850 x 1800mm, 2008
In June 2008 Sofia travelled through the beautiful inland region of Turkey called Kapadokya. She immediately felt an affinity with the land, the sky and the natural environment of Turkey, in a similar way that she connects with Aotearoa. Its temperate climate, hilly landscape and good-natured people gave it a strong sense of home, of New Zealand.
On the particular day that inspired this work, when the skies were stormy and glowing and there was an excited energy in the air, Sofia was reminded of the Maori creation myth. Legend has it that long before humans existed, Ranginui (sky father) and Papatuanuku (earth mother) clung together in a close, loving embrace. In the dark, confined realm between them, 70 divine sons were born. The strongest, Tanemahuta, along with many of his brothers yearned for more air, space and light in which to live. Tradition tells that in planting his head on the earth and thrusting his feet against the sky, Tane succeeded in separating his parents. Tane went on to become god of the forests and birds. Therefore Sofia sees the tree in the painting as representing Tane, a child within the cosmic embrace of sky and earth.
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