The Other Sister
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 344mm high x 728mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $49 internationally.
Original painting sold, oil on canvas, 850 x 1800mm, 2012
"The Other Sister" is part of an ongoing Contemporary Maori Portrait Series, in which Minson is interested in painting creative and inspiring Maori people who are helping to evolve today's culture through their own artforms or roles in society.
This portrait is of Sofia's sister Tess who is of Ngati Porou (Maori), Swedish, English and Irish ancestry.
'The Other' in the title comes from Sofia watching this TED talk below called "Take the Other to Lunch"
This portrait presents a juxtaposition of at least two distinct cultural 'others'. As is the case with many people who live in Aotearoa today, Tess encompasses both Maori and Pakeha. The work explores how we are connecting to our ancestors in this contemporary world and in this case Tess, who has very light coloured hair, is pictured with a simple Moko Kauae (Maori chin tattoo).
Moko Kauae is becoming more and more popular nowadays as a way for Maori women to express their connection to their tupuna (ancestors). The generic nature of the design in this portrait and the young age of the subject suggests that it is a drawn-on moko commonly seen in Kapa Haka (Maori cultural performances) rather than a real tattooed moko, which would be unique to her status and whakapapa (genealogy).
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