The Resting Place
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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, 2010
"The Resting Place" conveys a deep calm and sense of mystery. Sofia sees the intricately carved taurapa (stern post) as belonging to Maui and his waka Nukutaimemeha.
Maui was a Polynesian demi-god who lived in Hawaiiki, the mythical ancestral homeland of Maori. One day Maui and his brothers went fishing far out into the ocean and he dropped his magic fishhook over the side of his waka. He felt a strong tug on the line and after much straining and chanting of karakia (incantations), there surfaced Te Ika a Maui (The Fish of Maui), also known as the North Island of New Zealand.
Ngati Porou, the people from whom Sofia decends, claim that their sacred mountain Hikurangi was the first piece of land to be fished out of the sea by Maui. Local tradition also says that Maui's waka Nukutaimemeha remains on the mountain in its petrified form to this day. The risen land may be called Te Ika a Maui but at a more fundamental level the land is Papatuanuku (Earth Mother).
In this artwork the land, Papatuanuku, has returned to her quiet resting place underneath the ocean and she has taken Maui's ancient waka with her. "The Resting Place" gives a sense that over time things are circular and what rises, ultimately falls again. The great ocean-going waka belonging to Maui has risen to the top of a mountain peak and returned to the ocean once again.
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