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The Deconstruction of Harriet

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 920 x 610mm, 2008

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

"The Deconstruction of Harriet" was awarded the Ngaire Stewart Award for the best painting in show at the 2010 ART Auckland Exhibition. Judge Tony Clarke described the surreal oil portrait as a mysterious piece that he "just kept coming back to again and again."

"The Deconstruction of Harriet" is a surreal portrait of Sofia's mother who's first name is Ruth and middle name is Harriet. Before the artist was born, her parents and two older sisters lived in the Philippines for two years and they had a naughty pet monkey called Cocoa, pictured on Harriet's shoulder. In this life Harriet has been a life-giver and caregiver and is the voice of rigorous practically and action while Sofia is more of a dreamer.

In this painting Sofia contemplates Harriet's existence, her sacredness, and although her mother might not agree - her inner beauty and innocence. The artist also felt pain during the painting of this piece while considering the separateness and potential non-existence of her mother. This painting is infused with Sofia's love, confusion, loss and wonder. It is a very powerful and mysterious piece for the artist.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 550mm high x 365mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  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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