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Here I Am | Original Painting

Here I Am | Original Painting

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AU$800.00

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Mixed media, painting, acrylic paint, pigmented inks, iridescent inks, on linen, high gloss varnish, ready to hang, ship worldwide, quality art
  • Favourited by: 15 people
  • Gift message available
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From New Zealand
AU$60.00 shipping to Australia
Returns and exchanges accepted
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Description

'Here I Am', from my new collection. A journey of finding my way home, discovering family, exploring culture and understanding identity.

Identity is such a complicated matter, because it involves the big questions of life, Why am I here? Where did I come from? Who am I? We have become who we are through both nature (our DNA makeup) and nurture (the way we are raised).

For me, the huia feather represents my own non-existence. My birth mother (pākehā) did not tell anyone that I was born, and still to this day, will not let her family know that I exist. Why is that? Is it because of the social pressure of status, unwed pregnancy, mixed race baby? Why am I still a secret?

When Governor Grey visited New Zealand in 1901, a Māori women took the tail feather of the huia bird from her hair and placed it into the hatband on the Duke's head. Upon returning to London, this stunning looking representation of social status became a fashion icon that helped to hunt the native bird to extinction. Everybody wants social acceptance.

But I am here, grateful for my life and the treasure I have found in my Māori heritage.

‘Here I Am’ has been painted on a professionally stretched linen canvas. With the sides painted, the back taped and strung, this work of art is ready to hang. This painting has been finished with a high gloss varnish and measures 61 x 61cm.
'Here I Am', from my new collection. A journey of finding my way home, discovering family, exploring culture and understanding identity.

Identity is such a complicated matter, because it involves the big questions of life, Why am I here? Where did I come from? Who am I? We have become who we are through both nature (our DNA makeup) and nurture (the way we are raised).

For me, the huia feather represents my own non-existence. My birth mother (pākehā) did not tell anyone that I was born, and still to this day, will not let her family know that I exist. Why is that? Is it because of the social pressure of status, unwed pregnancy, mixed race baby? Why am I still a secret?

When Governor Grey visited New Zealand in 1901, a Māori women took the tail feather of the huia bird from her hair and placed it into the hatband on the Duke's head. Upon returning to London, this stunning looking representation of social status became a fashion icon that helped to hunt the native bird to extinction. Everybody wants social acceptance.

But I am here, grateful for my life and the treasure I have found in my Māori heritage.

‘Here I Am’ has been painted on a professionally stretched linen canvas. With the sides painted, the back taped and strung, this work of art is ready to hang. This painting has been finished with a high gloss varnish and measures 61 x 61cm.

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

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For some very strange reason that you are unhappy with your purchase, I will endeavour to rectify the situation with you personally.

Shipping policies

I will personal wrap and pack the beautiful art work that you have chosen. If you live in New Zealand, then it will arrive to you with your local smiling postman. If the painting is heading oversees, then I will engage help from my favourite courier.

Additional policies

I love to create personal commissions specifically for clients. Contact me directly and we will discuss the endless possibilities!

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