Sofia Minson - Whakapapa Origins Oil painting on wooden board, 720 x 720mm, 2013 In the foreground a cosmic scene from the Maori creation myth takes place between sky father Ranginui in the form of stars, earth mother Papatuanuku in the form of Ngāti Porou’s sacred Mt Hikurangi, and their divine son Tāne Mahuta - the nude figure who lies between them in Te Pō, the darkness, with top knot flowing umbilical-like in strands of snow to the peaks of his mother mountain.
Sofia Minson. Sabire, Woman with Patience. Inspiration for this work came from an old woman Sofia met and photographed in Turkey in June 2008. On a walk through the beautiful Kapadokyan landscape, Sofia briefly encountered the woman waiting patiently with her collection of scarves to display and sell to passers-by.