Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Painting post of a tangata whenua:

Thomas Hobbes, the English philosopher referred to them variously as ‘savages’, ‘aboriginal’ and ‘primitives’. A prevailing Hobbesian view tended to believe that the early colonizers of new worlds had a duty to civilize and modernize the indigenes or the local populace that they encountered. This story of conquest, subjugation and partial recognition has been repeated multiple times around the world. The story rings true from the Tuaregs of West Africa to the Inuit of North America to the Ādivāsīs of India to the Chukchi of the Arctic (among others).
This painting that I completed of an unknown indigenous person represents just that - the product of an environment that partly recognizes them, yet keeps on the fringes in settlements and reservations designed so that the ‘indigenous’ cause minimal disruptions to our daily lives.

Title: ‘Tangata whenua’
Size: 4 feet high X 3 feet wide
Medium: Oil on canvas

Tangata whenua is a Māori word for original people belonging to a place, local people, hosts


Anonymous said...

How wonderful! What a meaningful piece! :) Great work!

Janvangogh said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

This is a very nice piece. The size on my computer screen probably does not do it justice.

Cynthia said...

Your painting is very strong and the palette definitely lends a brooding ghostly feeling to the work. I had to dust off the cobwebs from my philosophy brain files from school. Thanks for posting the link to Hobbs to jog my memory.


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Sunil said...

Thanks, Angela and JanvanGogh.

The piece from Hobbs was important in the context that this was painted in...

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