Tangata Whenua 2 (61 x 61cm)

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Tangata Whenua sm.jpg
insitu.jpg
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Tangata Whenua 2 (61 x 61cm)

900.00

​Tangata Whenua is one of the first Māori words and concepts I understood in my journey home - 'People of the land'. The connection Māori have for their land and nation, the earth itself, the ancestors that have passed through the veil and the family present now. It is more than just living on a patch of ground in a house, it is what it means to belong - to a people, to a place.

This understanding has brought such a peace to my heart, given me a new strength of identity, as I know now that I belong. Not just to a people, but with a connection to creation itself.

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This artwork has been painted three times. Each successive layer adding more texture and greater meaning. I didn’t plan for it to proceed this way, but as my understanding of the topic grew, it just seemed right to keep developing the artwork.

The gritty layers of textual paste, contrasting with the smooth, almost resin-like surface of the painting juxtaposes the earth, the water and the sky. The tree centered in the artwork establishes the link between the sky and the earth, Tane, the god of the forest who separated the Sky-Father and Earth-Mother.

We all belong, each one of us, born from the love of the universe and set on the earth for purpose and destiny. The journey of life is to unfold this gift that has been given to us.