Mama Aroha #1 & #2
"Nga wahine o te Ao ka kawe a matou ora wairua ki tona u ... Women are the future of our world. They carry our lives in their breasts and in their Spirit."
This artwork was inspired by the Native American proverb (above) which expresses aroha (love) for the whenua (land) and succeeding generations. It comes from the 'Seven-Generation-Sustainability' philosophy and is a North-American-Indian ecological concept that tries to motivate the people of today to live sustainable lives, care for the environment, and to work for the benefit of up to 140 years into the future – ‘seven generations’.
Kindly translated into Māori by my Aunty - Ana Graham Ripia, this artwork is a dedication to Papatūānuku and the Sacred Whenua. She carries all life in her breasts nurturing and sustaining us all. She is our Mama Aroha (Mother's love). Her love is instinctual and unconditional.