Taranaki - the erosion of Papatuanku
Cliff WHITING (Te Whanau a Apanui, b.1936, d.2017)
This painting depicts the Maori earth mother, Papatuanuku, with a red ochre interior and a koru (spiral) design, which denotes energy and growth. The surface of her denuded body depicts Mount Taranaki and the Pouakai Ranges. The painting dates from the mid-1960s when the artist lived in Stoke and had recently visited New Plymouth. He was very attracted to the mountainscape but dismayed at the level of land clearance and erosion for farming.
Acrylic on board
Dimensions: 2 - Frame: 641 x 944mm
Gifted by the Motueka District Museum Trust Board in 2009
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