Tuatara Aotearoa by Shane Hansen
Limited Edition PrintImage size in millimetres: 440 x 390
Edition of 100 handmade prints, signed and numbered by printmaker Shane Hansen.
The inscription translates from Maori as _Now you see me, now you don't_. This print of a Tuatara with the word Aotearoa woven into its form is a superb example of how traditional Maori design is being reinterpreted by contemporary Maori artists like Shane Hansen. Technically this is a very accomplished print. Shane has used a _split fountain' technique to blend ink colours (Olive & Forest) so that the design subtly graduates from light to dark from the top to the bottom. Tuatara Aotearoa is also printed using a traditional letterpress onto heavy 500gsm stock - this means the design is physically pressed into the surface of the paper. The tuatara is an ancient reptile found only in New Zealand, Hansen says this tuatara _hides under cover. He lurks unseen. If only he knew how fragile his existence, how much he needs to be seen_.
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