'Wairua' is a limited edition print by Rachelle Sutherland; the title 'Wairua' is spirit in Te Reo Maori.
The work is highly symbolic as described by the artist:
Huia are tapu – a sacred bird treasured by Māori. Only chiefs of high rank and their whānau can wear their feathers symbolising mana and leadership. There are many pūrākau (legends) that feature Huia and I cherish growing up in Aotearoa and hearing these told. Surrounding the Huia are beautiful Mānuka flowers.
The coin is a swan (Ela-Irish); Celtic traditions associate swans with music, purity and the soul. They are thought to (1) teach trust in the protection of the great spirits and (2) bring knowledge and healing to the tribe.
Edition Size: 30
Dimensions: 170mm (w) x 260mm (h)
Self-taught artist Rachelle Sutherland explores a variety of artistic mediums from painting and ink works to embroidery.
Growing up in Taranaki, Rachelle returned home after some time overseas and now resides on a lifestyle block in Hawera with her husband and young family. When not at work, or spending time with her children and pet Clydesdale, Rachelle can be found in her home studio unleashing her talent.
Rachelle’s current work showcases the time-consuming mechanism of “Stippling” – a process using small dots of ink to create an image. Rachelle’s current pieces are inspired by wildlife and the struggles that beautiful creatures all over the world face often due to humans.
Having long supported and admired the works of other artists, Rachelle took the leap in 2017 to start exhibiting her work in galleries and competitions.
Quirky Fox is privileged to be Rachelle's first gallery.