The title of this piece means Hi'iaka in the Heart of Pele and refers to an ancient Hawaiian legend. Pele, goddess of fire, was preparing to journey to a new homeland and decided to bring her youngest sister, Hi'iaka, goddess of lightening, with her. Hi'iaka was dearest to Pele and during the journey was carried in the form of an egg close to Pele's heart. The legend goes on to tell of Pele's furious temper and the jealousy and rage that threatened to destroy them both. The legend ends with reconciliation and forgiveness between the two sisters before it is too late and serves as a lesson to all.
The design shows Hi'iaka as an egg in the center with the profile of Pele looking to the side. The fiery sweep of Pele's hair as it twists and turns reflects her jealous passion and her inability to control it. Pele's arms of lava reach out to embrace but also to destroy her precious sister. They are red hot on the surface but cool to a deeper red as they complete the circle. The path below the center is journey that brings them back from the brink of disaster.
This piece is in a two sided koa wood frame so that it can be viewed from either side.
Dimensions: Approximately 24' x 30'
Made in Salem, OR
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