Candi Bentar with Koru - Gabby Malpas

Gabby Malpas

Candi Bentar with Koru

40 x 30cmMixed media on canvas
Finance with ArtMoney interest-free $160/month for 10 months.I first visited Bali in 1988. To me, the island remains magical and a beautiful place. Split gates or Candi Bentars are found all over the island with the intention of people to pass through. They are often beautifully carved. This design is made up of the NZ koru: a spiral shape representing an unfurling silver fern frond. It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattooing, where it symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace. Its shape "conveys the idea of perpetual movement," while the inner coil "suggests returning to the point of origin". Lotus and the 7 koi carp are symbols of longevity.