Once her eggs hatch and the hatchlings (new-born turtles) are ready to move to the ocean, the mother turtle gets up and settles in the water as well. She waits intently, and observes her little ones as they make their way into new surroundings. The mother’s intention is to set them free so that they live independently. However, some hatchlings choose to follow in her foot-steps, and as soon as they reach their mother, she devours them.
This might come as a shock to us, but it is the way of nature to ensure that the baby turtles learn to be resilient and independent.
I identify with the plight of the weak ones, and on one level this painting is autobiographical.
Medium and Materials used: Indigenous Tongo ink and soil paint on 100% Tapa.
Mediums and material used:
Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Soil Paint: The soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair