The Kaka is Calling by Sofia Minson
Limited Edition Giclee PrintPrint size in millimetres: 530 x 760
Edition of 75 prints. Printed on museum archival quality Hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Signed, numbered and titled by the artist.
This print alludes to Pacific tapa cloth as well as a traditional Maori feather cloak or korowai. Once common throughout Aotearoa, our native parrot the Kākā is now found in limited numbers in a few forests in the central North and South Island. From stories of our Māori ancestors and those lucky enough to be close to the Kākā in recent times, we know that they are restless birds and one can hear their calls throughout the night. Any sign of dawn is noted by the brown and red parrot, who is awake and awaiting it. Its harsh cry will surely ring out through the realm of Tāne (the god of the forest). One can say “Kua tangi to Kākā” (the Kākā has cried) and know that Hine-ata, the Morning Maid, is at hand. In this 2014 print with its intricately spiraling koru designs, Sofia was enjoying this sense of dawn and new beginnings, particularly because of this painting’s departure from her usual realistic style. The fern leaves and Māori designs are also joined by a Mandala at the Kākā’s heart centre for the purpose of establishing a sacred space. Mandala, which translates as ‘circle’, is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. “Ka tangi te Kākā” (The Kākā is calling) is a Māori phrase often said as part of Tauparapara, which is a prayer or chant to invoke the gods’ protection. This is said during Whaikōrero (formal speeches) to honour visitors to a marae or as part of welcome ceremonies and social gatherings.
The Kaka is Calling by Sofia Minson features in these collections at New Zealand's art print specialists:
Sofia Minson Prints
Giclee Art Prints
NZ Artist Editions
Maori Art & Artists