I am from the land and the sea. When I was newly born my mother took the afterbirth and buried it under our favourite Pohutukawa, then washed me in a rock pool made warm from the low-tide sun. I still remember the shadows and shapes of seaweed floating across my eyes. The Pohutukawa flowers always bloom on my birthday when there is seafood, ripe under the waves. I never go hungry.’
— A. Flowers
My Pohutukawa - I am born of land & sea
760 x 760
Mixed Media - Paint, dress patterns, graphite, charcoal, metallic foil
If you look closely you can see the baby, birthing apron or cloak, the buried afterbirth panel, rock pool of fantasy Pohutukawa-inspired sea plants and creatures and the belly of the Mother.