Wooden Heart

Treat me nice, treat me good, treat me like you really should…
So sang Elvis in Wooden Heart.  I thought of that song while I was painting this, but the whakataukī I used has an entirely different meaning!

Last year, in my teaching work we were using small A5 sized pieces of ply and drawing on them in pencil.  I took this idea a little further when I came home and sketched a picture of a heart (I have a medical model of one at home, a gift from a friend many years ago).  I added the ribbon and whakataukī He kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea.  This is the last part of the Māori proverb that runs –

He kohonga whare e kitea, he kokonga ngākau e kore e kitea
The corner of a house can be seen, but not a corner of a heart.

Basically I understood this to mean that you can never know someone’s intentions, or what’s truly going on in their heart, or what their motivations are.

Acrylic paint on plywood, private collection.

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