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Size: 2400mm high x 1200mm Medium: Acrylic on loose canvas, to be framed as desired by purchaser

“Grey Ghost" by Sofia Minson, created as part of the 2015 Nelson Arts Festival, depicting a South Island orange-wattled kokako, is inspired by the taonga (treasure) that are the people, land, forests and birds of Aotearoa. Kokako feathers are normally grey but in this painting are painted with watery acrylic washes of the blues and greens of New Zealand’s forests and waterways. Peeking through shadow is a stylised korowai (feather cloak) as if worn by the bird itself. Intricate patterns painted in thin white ink dripping down the torso reference Maori kowhaiwhai designs, tukutuku panels and ancient hindu sacred geometry. This multi-cultural, multi-faith element is seen in much of Sofia's work as she celebrates her own mixed Maori, Swedish and Irish heritage. She is also influenced by her diverse experiences growing up here in NZ and overseas in Sri Lanka, Samoa and China due to her father's engineering work. Seeing as the creative process for this painting took place in Nelson, the triangular patterns on top of the bird's head could be interpreted as a map of the junction of our north and south islands. Lastly, the orange wattle proudly showcases a Moko Kauae or chin tattoo, traditionally worn by Maori women to signify mana and status. This touch of human marking brings this image of a bird into the realm of dignified portraiture and in doing so, reminded the artist of a watchful, ancestral presence.

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