Waiheke Island Auckland, New Zealand
All Sown Up
Sandra Marie Adams
Painting - Acrylic On Board
Sown up was inspired by the notion that our ancestors are watching over us and guiding us in our development. As I had my children a bit later in life they didnt get to know their great grandparents and one of my favorite aunties. Each of them had wisdom and advice that they passed onto me. I like to think that from the spiritual world they are watching over and guiding my children and continuing to teach on some level. As we have gone through tough times over the last few years and confronted death many a time I like to think that our ansestors have been behind us supporting us. The painting is also a representation of the seven sisters or Matariki as it is known in New Zealand. I believe that when we sleep we visit the spiritual world.
In the Māori language Matariki is both the name of the Pleiades star cluster and also of the season of its first rising in late May or early June—taken as the beginning of the new year. Similar words occur in most Polynesian languages, deriving from Proto-Polynesian *mataliki, meaning minute, small, and the use of the term for the Pleiades constellation is also ancient and has been reconstructed to Eastern Oceanic.
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The constellation was important for navigation and timing the seasons. The first rising of the Pleiades and of Rigel (Puanga in northern Māori, Puaka in southern Māori) occurs just prior to sunrise in late May or early June. The actual time for the celebration of Matariki varies, some iwi (tribe or clan) celebrate it immediately, others wait until the rising of the next full moon, or the dawn of the next new moon—and others use the rising of Puanga/Rigel in a similar way.
In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year. Offerings of the produce of the land were made to the gods, including Rongo, god of cultivated food. This time of the year was also a good time to instruct young people in the lore of the land and the forest. In addition, certain birds and fish were especially easy to harvest at this time.
The name Matariki is used also for the central star in the cluster, with the surrounding stars named Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi. from wiki
Sandra is a multi award winning New Zealand Artist. Sandra was finalist in the 2012 Bi Annual New Zealand Portrait Awards (Adam Portrait Awards) Sandra was a recent finalist in the prestigious James Wallace Art Awards. Sandra is a full time artist on Waiheke Island and is known for her colourful vibrant acrylic paintings. Stylistically, Sandra has been compared to Rita Angus, painting a wide range of subject matter, including people, buildings, beach scenes and angels. Sandra's works of art have found their way to homes of collectors as far a field as the USA, Saudi Arabia, England, Japan, Germany and Australia.
Sandra exhibits locally and throughout New Zealand.
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�From the day I picked up a brush I felt I had found my reason for being�.
Sandra Marie Adams lives on a small island off the coast of New Zealand.
Sandra�s work is often driven by a strong autobiographical element. Her paintings are mostly an outward manifestation of the world inside her head. Sandra loves to always be challenging herself as an artist. As a result her subject matter tends to varied. Sandra describes herself as a colourist and uses colour to evoke mood and emotion.
Waiheke Island, where she lives, features strongly in her paintings. Often the beautiful seascapes are used as the background for a story, comment or observation.
Sandra has always been passionate about the injustices in the world and the interplay of good and evil. Sandra often explores these themes in her art. Sandra has also endlessly questioned the validity of the conventional biblical stories. She enjoys portraying her own controversial version of the truth through her art.
A Selection of Recent Exhibitions
2008 - Waitakere Art Awards - selected
2009 - James Wallace Art Awards
2009 - Art Map Listers Exhibition Waiheke Community Art Gallery
2010 - Waiheke Community Art Gallery - Waiheke Winter Festival
2010 - Pocket Rockets, ROCCA Gallery, Dunedin
2011- New Zealand Portrait Awards � selected
2012- Members Show � Waiheke Art Gallery
2012 - The New Zealand Art Show Wellington � selected
2012 � Waiheke Heats Up Waiheke Art Gallery
2013 -The YOUnite Tour International Art Tour � Aiken Gallery South Carolina USA
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2013 - The YOUnite Tour International Art Tour The Viridian Nashville USA
2013 - The Members Show Waiheke Art Gallery
1998 - Winner: Waiheke Art Awards
2002 - Finalist:The Pumphouse Art Awards
2002 - Finalist: NorthArt Art Awards
2005 - Finalist:The Pumphouse Art Awards
2008 - Winner -Merit Award � Portrait � Waitakere Art Awards
2009 - Finalist James Wallace Art Awards
2012 - Finalist New Zealand Portrait Awards
2013 - Winner - Best in Show - The YOUnite International Art Tour - Aiken Gallery South Carolina USA
January 25th, 2013
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