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Tane's Enchantment

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 920 x 610mm, 2006

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

“Tane’s Enchantment” describes a surreal environment based on Sofia’s response to the ancient Maori myth of creation. Legend has it that Ranginui (sky father) and Papatuanuku (earth mother) were separated from their close, loving embrace by their children who eventually became the gods of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tane Mahuta was the child most instrumental in forcing his parents apart. Since birth he and his brothers had lived in the dark, stifling realm between Rangi and Papa’s embrace. Tane yearned to live in a world with more air, space and light. Lying with his back against the earth and feet against the sky, Tane succeeded in pushing his parents far away from each other. A vast, empty land emerged. As a demi-god, Tane initially made the forests and birds of Aotearoa and then he created mankind. In this painting Sofia depicts her vision of a primordial world, which the powerful, divine being could have fashioned. Through the soft mist appears an enchanted native forest, teeming with birds and life itself. "Ask me to whom I belong and I will say Tane - he who created my world" - quote from an ancient Maori Proverb.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 550 x 365mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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