Forces of Tãne

Inspired by the bits of Whale Rider focused on Maori legend, I was compelled to create a piece reflecting the relationship between Ranginui and Papatuanuku, the sky father and earth mother, Maori primordial parents.  As the story goes, these parents live locked in embrace, cramping their children in darkness.  After multiple attempts from the children to force them apart in order to live in light, son Tãne succeeds.  The loving mother-father cradle grieved a painful separation, estranging Ranginui to the sky while Papatuanuka nourishes from the earth’s floor. 

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This piece reflects Papatuanuku’s grief after being separated from her love.  This earth mother’s portrait is pasteled on a piece of driftwood found on the black sand beach, Piha, reputable as an aggressive area.  The separation between Earth Mother and Sky Father is represented on driftwood as Tãne, their ultimate separator, was god of the forest.  The piece below refects traces of Ranginui’s cloud face in the creases of the rugged driftwood after being torn from his wife.

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Creator:  Breanna Reynolds