Whakapapa Origins


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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 700mm high x 700mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $49 internationally.

Original painting Sold, oil on wooden board, 720 x 720mm, 2013


Breaking away from her traditional use of canvas, in “Whakapapa Origins” the substrate consists of rough, knotted, horizontal wooden boards painted with a deep ‘prussian blue’ night sky.  In the foreground a cosmic scene from the Maori creation myth takes place between sky father Ranginui in the form of stars, earth mother Papatuanuku in the form of Ngāti Porou’s sacred Mt Hikurangi, and their divine son Tāne Mahuta - the nude figure who lies between them in Te Pō, the darkness, with top knot flowing umbilical-like in strands of snow to the peaks of his mother mountain.

Tāne is a figure of great importance in Māori tradition. Originally his parents Rangi the sky and Papa the earth clung together in a tight embrace and Tāne was one of 70 sons born into the dark confined realm between them.  Yearning for more space and light in which to live, Tāne braced his back against the earth and feet upon the sky and pushed, successfully separating his parents and bringing about Te Aō Mārama or The World of Light, in which we now live. He also fashioned the first human; he adorned the heavens, and brought the baskets of knowledge, wisdom and understanding down from the sky to human beings.  Tāne is sometimes given different names to reflect his different roles. He is called Tāne-mahuta as god of the forest, Tāne-te-wānanga as the bringer of knowledge, and Tānenui-a-rangi as bringer of higher consciousness.

Sofia Minson Paintings | New Zealand Artwork

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