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Original painting SOLD, flashe (vinyl paint) on canvas, 1290 x 1920mm, 2019

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The story of Ruru

Lifting the veil between realms, awakening a new paradigm

“Ruru” signals us to recall our inherent connectedness with our surroundings. It beckons and awakens a shift in our consciousness – from living in separation from Papatūānuku (Earth mother), to recognising our place within it.

The Ruru painting is about connection, expression, but also about learning. As three ancient and potent symbols come together, we see that their meaning and message is endlessly developing and evolving – just like us. 

Conjuring, grounding, and connecting – with three powerful symbols

Ruru, the native messenger

Ruru, or the morepork, is our native owl in Aotearoa. He is a mysterious messenger, understood by Māori as a herald communicating between worlds – mortal and spirit, material and sacred.

The messenger stares confrontingly into our space, reminding humans that we are part of the breathing consciousness of the natural world he inhabits.

Through this painting, I explored the movement from the 17th century Western idea that man is separate, even dominant over, nature and the natural world. For centuries, this ideological barrier prevented us from finding meaning and identity within the natural world.

Ruru embodies that shift in our collective psyche, as we start to dismantle the archaic Cartesian philosophy separating mankind from the environment. This painting honours the rediscovery of our intrinsic connection to the natural world, to Papatūānuku and her consciousness.

While this shift is being felt all over the world, knowledge of our connection within the land is fundamental to Māori knowledge – the natural world is interwoven within one’s whakapapa, or spiritual ancestry.

Sri Yantra, the sacred symbol

An ancient geometric emblem, the gilded Sri Yantra spreads across the canvas. The Sri Yantra is a manifestation tool, transmitting divine energy and wisdom.

This symbol, used in ancient meditation practices to activate inner desires with the outside world, reflects our deep inner yearning to tap into collective consciousness.

The Sri Yantra amplifies and projects the message of awakening out into our space, fusing together two worlds – mankind and nature, conscious and subconscious, mortal and divine wisdom.

Maunga, the grounding Pepeha

Ruru stands proudly atop Mount Hikurangi, establishing a sense of place in the painting. The grounding power of this maunga signals an intrinsic bond to our home within and as part of nature.

It’s this ancestral belonging to the natural world that is echoed through one’s pepeha; a Māori introduction that grounds one’s ancestral presence with the mountains and waters around them.

Ngāti Porou would say:

“Ko Hikurangi te maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi” 
"Hikurangi is the mountain, Waiapu is the river, Ngāti Porou are the people”

Ruru explores this link between people and place, guiding us to connect with the land that we stand on and understand the reciprocity of our relationship with the natural world in all its wisdom and mystery.

Awakening and evolving in a new paradigm

In the Ruru painting, three powerful and ancient entities come together to awaken our consciousness. They beckon us into their realm, recalling our place not as separate, but as a part of nature and the divine world.

Ruru is a learning tool, it’s message and meaning evolving alongside our spiritual development. It welcomes us to the new worldview, where a shift in consciousness reveals inner truths.

Ruru is a learning tool, it’s message and meaning evolving alongside our spiritual development. It welcomes us to the new worldview, where a shift in consciousness reveals inner truths.

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