Rangi and Papa

Tara Lemana

Wellington, New Zealand

Artist's Description

Rollerball on 100gsm A5 cartridge paper.

The Maori people were the original settlers of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Their culture and history is rich and beautiful, and to this day is an important part of New Zealand’s culture. Their legends around the creation of the world and this beautiful land have always captured my imagination. This is my version of the Maori legend of Ranginui, the Sky God, and Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother. Together in each other’s embrace, no light could penetrate the world, no life could flourish. In order to bring light and life to the world, one of their sons, Tane Mahuta, God of the Forests, planted his feet on his mother, Papatuanuku, braced his shoulders against his father, Ranginui, and strained until he forced them apart, thus allowing light into the world. (This is a much abridged version of the legend, for the full – amazing! – story please visit Maori Mythology and History)
In my version, the tree represents Tane Mahuta, while Papa’s hair is the ocean and Rangi’s hair forms the clouds. Unfortunately Ranginui’s moko (facial tattoos) combined with Tane’s branches make his face a little hard to discern, but full view helps! :)
Hope you like this, thanks for looking! :)

500+ Viewings Group: 1174 views at time of submission.

Placed 1st equal with 4 votes in the Virtual Art Gallery Challenge in the First Things group, May 2009.
Placed 1st equal with 5 votes in the Primal Elements Challege on the Finks of Inks group.
Placed 8th with 3 votes in the Oil On Canvas, Paintings and Drawings of Mother Earth challenge on the First Things Group May 22, 2009.
Featured in Things That Are Black, May 28, 2009.


Roller ball on 100gsm cartridge paper.

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