From the Ika Moana/Whale Series by Paula Coulthard. Ika Moana is a very old Maori name for whales, English translation is Fish of the Sea. This series of work is inspired by the concept of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection).
Acrylic Paint on Black canvas.
Features Paikia with new moon rising and Matariki signalling the time of year to be the Maori New Year in Winter. This is the time when Humpback whales migrate past the east coast of the South Island and through Cook Straight.
Batons at top and bottom of the artwork. Teeth on rear of top strip for ease of hanging on the wall.