'Within the Darkness' is a limited edition print by Sam Poots.
The ruru, New Zealand's native owl, has large, staring eyes and a mournful cry, echoed by its name. Ruru provide a rich source of symbolism for Māori. Their haunting cry and watchful nature are linked with tapu (spiritual restriction), guardianship, forewarning, grief and awareness.
Printed on acid-free, 310gsm paper using archival inks, the work has been signed, titled and numbered by the artist. Gold leaf detailing finishes the work.
Edition Size: 20
Image Dimensions:420mm (w) x 594mm (h)
Sam Poots is a full-time creative and recent graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours). Her passion lies with creating works recognising the native beauty of New Zealand. Poots's art also focuses on New Zealand's native wildlife species and recognising the need for sustainability within our whole system, creating a symbiotic relationship with nature is the key to our future and the future of what is so unique to Aotearoa.
Sam uses a pointillism technique to create her intricate and highly detailed pieces. The high-quality paper is a key aspect to her work finding a paper that is sustainable, durable and clean. She using Rotring Rapidograph pens to get the finest of detail, the smallest pen nib being .10mm. She sees this as an added environmental factor as she can refill each cartridge, ultimately limiting her plastic waste from single-use pens.
Sam is a full-time environmental enthusiast and artist based in the heart of Hawke's Bay, growing up on the beautiful Mt Ruapehu, while embracing all of New Zealand's most native and magical species from the summit to sea.