The Truisms Series

by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2016

Limited edition waterproof paint-print
Busy not thyself | Kauaka koe e pokea
10 x 10 cm. Edition 2/99. Printed on dubond. Painted with acrylic and varnish.
Each is weatherproof + has a hook on the back.
$NZ 180 plus postage and packaging. If interested in purchasing email me first for 4 or 5 photos from various angles.
Text is from The Hidden Words by Baha'u'llah.


Each is uniquely painted but each is also numbered and so these are paint-prints.

The play between languages is not just between the the New Zealand Māori and English texts but between the language of abstract expressionism vs the conceptual, in miniature. Some may read them as texts for contemplation while others might read them as provocative. They are durable to withstand the tests of diverse social environments.

Limited edition waterproof print painting
"Justice is ..."
Printed on dubond + painted with acrylic and varnish.
Each is water and weatherproof + has a hook on the back.
10 x 10 cm. Edition 2/99.
$NZ 120 plus postage and packaging. If interested in purchasing email me first for 4 or 5 photos from various angles.

19 discs in the 2016/2017 Kaipara Coast Gardens Sculpture Trail

19 paint-prints from the "Truisms" series on show at the "Under Kaipara Skies" Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. On show until October 2017.

  Limited edition waterproof paint-print
In the Garden | I te mā
10 x 10 cm. Edition 3/99. Printed on dubond. Painted with acrylic and varnish.
Each is weatherproof + has a hook on the back.
$NZ 180 plus postage and packaging.
If interested in purchasing email me
first for 4 or 5 photos from various angles.
Text is from The Hidden Words by Baha'u'llah.

  Limited edition waterproof paint-print


One of the agreements of the New Zealand 1840 Treaty of Waitangi was to preserve and respect the Māori language as an asset for this land. When I first started to learn Māori in 1986 it was as if a light had been turned on. I understood my country, Aotearoa, much better and the spirit and interconnectedness of things made sense to me. Language is a key into a culture and today New Zealand English is influenced by Māori just as Māori is influenced by English.



Limited edition waterproof paint-print
Thy heart is My home | Ko tō Ngakau Tōku kāinga
10 x 10 cm. Edition 3/99. Printed on dubond.
Painted with acrylic and varnish.
Each is weatherproof + has a hook on the back.
$NZ 180 plus postage and packaging.
If interested in purchasing email me
first for 4 or 5 photos from various angles.
Text is from The Hidden Words by Baha'u'llah.

Index of the Truisms series
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