In the Beginning
Another of Michelle's work based on the legends of Maori. This one is about creation. 1010x760 (40"x 30")
The Maori Legend of creation tells us that in the beginning, there was only darkness.
Ranginui (the sky Father) and Papatuanuku (the earth Mother) clung together tightly with their children cramped between them.
Unhappy being so uncomfortable the children plotted to separate their parents. Many tried to push them apart, but in the end, it was Tane Mahuta that summoned all his strength and succeeded.
Rangi and Papa would never be together again, fated to long for each other for eternity. Rangi’s tears are the rain and Papa’s turn to mist.
Although the children now had plenty of room to move and plenty of light, not all the children had agreed over separating their parents. Tawhirimatea, had thought it especially cruel. He was so angry, at his siblings that he tore out his eyes and hurled them in to the heavens, where they became stars. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’. Tawhirimatea became the god of the winds.