Huia's 'Karakia' / Large Print
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"Huia's Karakia (Prayer)" is a large and highly detailed Fine Art Limited Edition Print by Nelson artist, Emma Moncrieff.
Her most recent ‘Dress Paintings’ are inspired by the history and intricacies of fabric design and embroidery. The ancient depiction of nature and the creatures that were admired and feared, real and imagined are reinvented by Emma. New worlds and stories come to life within the patterns of her fantastical painted dresses.
For 'Huia's Karakia' Emma wanted to depict our New Zealand native bush, birds and creatures as delicate lace, to highlight the fragility of our natural environment. The Huia's Karakia is a prayer of hope for the survival of these creatures and their ecosystems. The now extinct Huia, painted at the centre on the bodice is singing from the 'heart' asking us to take care of the beauty we still have.
Image size: (h)1000mm x (w)750mm plus white border - Unframed
Medium: Fine Art Print on Museum Archival Paper
Editon size: 50
Certificate of authenticity: Edition nr, Title and Artist Signature provided with each edition.
Print in stock: Yes
Please note: Framed image is a sample, frame not included
Emma Moncrieff is a self taught painter from Nelson. Her rural upbringing and an encouraging Nana, strengthened her connection, love and respect for the natural world and everything in it. She still lives rurally and her studio is nestled amongst wild flowers with views to the Ocean.
A self taught painter and sculptor, Emma has a long background in theatre and film. For a number of years she has been involved in the World Of Wearable Art Shows, from script writer and character costume designer & maker, to prop designer and make up artist.
Emma also worked as 'Creature Sculptor' for W.E.T.A workshop and spent time as a makeup artist for film. Influences of drama and theatre are visible in her paintings, especially the 'Dresses' ... At first we only see the outlines of the garments (the figures on stage), but intrigued, we are drawn into the lines and intricate patterns (the Story and characters), and upon closer inspection it unfolds into a theatrical and unexpected world. (the creatures and mythical beings)
'In some of the dresses I create, it is as if I'm embroidering in paint and the images take form almost like hand stitching, but in stead with hundreds of tiny little brush strokes" Emma
Emma is represented by a handful of galleries and her work is collected both locally and Internationally.