Papatuanuku – Giclee Print


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+ Artist: Turumakina 2011
+ Original Painting: Sold
+ A3 Print (42cm x 29cm): Limited edition of 25 hand signed, titled and numbered prints by Turumakina on 308gsm Hahnemuehle Fine Art Photo Rag museum archival quality paper. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) issued directly from our studio. Unframed print comes with a 1cm unprinted white border delivered sealed in a protective rolled tube.
+ Shipping: Delivery is FREE within Australia and $15 for international addresses via Australia Post Registered Mail (insurance included).

Artist Statement

Te Pou Whatumanawa ā Nuku – The Heart of Mother Earth

Papatūānuku would ideally be fashioned out of red clay to depict our human symbiotic relationship with our mother, for it was out of the red clay at Kurawaka that the first woman ever created was fashioned. Her mana (honour, prestige, authority) can be seen in the moko on her forehead and her tears can be seen under her eyes to remind us of her great loss and anguish when she and her lover Ranginui were torn asunder by Tāne. Feeding at her Breast is their youngest child Whaka-Ruu-Au-Moko, who guards her heart and was sent down to the bowels of the earth to keep her warm when she was turned face down after the separation, so as to mitigate her sorrow by not being able to see her lover high above. Whaka-Ruu-Au-Moko was given a sacred fire, Te Ahi Kōmau, which he maintains to this day, at the core of our mother Earth. It is Ruu-Au-Moko that has charge of volcanic activity and tectonic movements of the Earth, when earth quakes and volcanic eruptions occur it is he who controls this immense energy. The Waha o Ruu-Au-Moko is the name of the sacred entrance into the Whare-Waananga o Murirangawhenua. Papatūānuku is the source of Te Tangata Whenuatanga i Te Ao Mārama – Indigenous Consciousness. All the other planets can be seen here with Tānenuiārangi, the core of our solar system. Spiritual Totem: Te Pūngawerewere – Mokotitiatoa – the Katipo Spider symbolises the creator of the web of life, we are one with everything in existence. Weapon: Mere Pounamu – Greenstone club