Ernest Mervyn Taylor was a renowned New Zealand engraver well known for manipulating a wide variety of media. His philosophy of bringing art to the masses are perpetuated by the wide range of murals and publications that he has crafted through the years.
• Medium: Ink on Rice Paper
• The flowing lines of the illustration are challenged by the straight piercing lines emanated from the wooden head breaking the monotony.
• The use of solid white as a means of enveloping the tohunga evokes a feel of mysticism as power is emitted from the being.
• Despite the carving taking the majority of the piece, the addition of celestial and meteorological components act as set pieces, questioning whether or not this piece takes place in nature or in a plane beyond comprehension.
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