|Medium||Hand-painted on Silk with Barkcloth Mount|
|Size||The artwork is mounted on customised black card and measures approx. 25cm tall by 21cm wide (portrait). The black card measures approx. 30cm tall by 24.5cm wide|
|Copyright||Images and text © Maria Rova|
Sea Stars on Silk
This artwork is part of a series of Limited Edition Originals, each painted by hand. Nadi-based artist Maria Rova uses dyes and resist on pure, white silk to create vivid compositions that express her love for Fiji. The wildlife, culture, and scenery of Rova’s South Pacific home are themes that run throughout her award-winning work.
The frame surrounding the silk painting is made from traditional Fijian ‘masi’, also called barkcloth. This is hand-crafted by village women on the island of Vatulele. A renewable resource, ‘masi’ is made by harvesting strips of bark from specially grown paper-mulberry trees. Each piece takes day to process, involving repeated pounding, soaking, and stretching. These traditional skills are passed on from generation to generation, with certain clans being considered the experts in masi-making. The uneven quality of the masi reflects its handmade origin.
When you are ready to frame your painting, simply peel the backing card off and mount on a colored background of your choice.