An unstretched wall mounted canvas displayed with a kokowai stone sitting on top of a small whariki (flax mat) on the floor below the painting at centre. It tells the creation story of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) and how their separation created the world of light and humankind. The emphasis is on the wounds inflicted on Papatuanuku which resulted in the creation of kokowai, the red ochre stone that is ground into pigment and mixed with oils to make a paint/paste that is applied to denote tapu/sacredness.
Kokowai, soot, acrylic binder and harakeke paper on canvas
Dimensions: 1 - Painting: 1935 x 740mm
Gifted by the artist in 2006