Girl With A Pounamu
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 630mm high x 630mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 1300 x 1300mm, 2007
There is an air of mystery surrounding Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (c.1665). Perhaps not intending to create a conventional portrait, Vermeer may have wanted to capture a simple moment in which the girl in the painting turns her head towards someone whom she has just noticed. Significantly, the identity of the young girl remains uncertain to this day. Inspired by this historical work, Sofia’s “Girl With a Pounamu” responds with a sense of delicacy, intrigue and innocence. Searching her own questions about ancestry, culture and identity, the artist presents a simple portrait of a young Maori girl. There is a freshness of spirit in child's bright eyes, yet this is contrasted with the very traditional nature of her korowai (cloak), her pounamu earrings and the Huia feathers in her hair. The composition of the work emulates Vermeer’s 17th century portrait, illustrating that a larger global history of art and civilization is part of Sofia’s consciousness. Valuable influences from European art and Maori culture are all present in this contemporary exploration of portraiture.
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