Te Aroha Tino Nui
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 550mm high x 365mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 920 x 610mm, 2007
“Te Aroha Tino Nui” means ‘Great is our Love’ in Maori. Enriched by spiritual symbolism, this painting describes a primordial, surreal vision of a world inspired by the one love that unifies everyone and everything in our universe.
Sofia explores this vast concept using the ancient mythology of Aotearoa (New Zealand), which refers to her Maori heritage. The Maori legend of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatuanuku (earth mother) speaks of the creation of the universe. It is said that their children, who were born into the confined, stifling realm between Ranginui and Papatuanuku’s close embrace, forced the two lovers apart. In doing so, a world with more air, space and light opened up to them and the children of Rangi and Papa became the original essence of human kind.
In this painting, Papatuanuku lies quietly and sensuously beneath the sky and Ranginui caresses her with a warm glow. Amid her curves, she extends tentacles adorned with frangipanis and gardenias up towards her distant lover. As spiritual guardians, the great mother and father watch over this world where the sacred Indian mountain of Arunachala stands on the horizon and owls, which in many cultures are symbolic of the soul and wisdom, soar over the land. The radiant power of Arunachala is said to have brought Papaji’s guru Ramana Maharishi’s own Self-realization. In this painting the mountain exists as a beacon to understanding who we are as individuals and in our lives together.
“Where there is love there is life” - Gandhi.
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