La Femme / Original
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'La Femme' by Santie Cronje.
Female huia was admired for their beauty which sadly caused their demise. She was an object of desire and a symbol of wealth.
In this piece I am honouring her femininity and her life, and keeping her eternal spirit safe (red string) and keeping her safe from further demise (in her own bubble).
The red string features in a few of the works. It is a symbol of protection and connects our world to the spirit world, where huia reside.
Dimensions: (h)505mm x (w)505mm
Medium: Acrylic on stretched canvas, ready to hang.
Signed: Signature and Date
Originally from South Africa, Santie Cronje has called New Zealand home since 1999. Artist in residence and owner of Deciduus & Santie with partner Shane, she juggles a busy work - life balance. As a visual storyteller her paintings are closely connected to her life experiences, travels, thoughts and surroundings.
Santie completed Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994 and has been a fulltime artist since 2010. Her preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying time and low toxicity. Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance. Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.