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We Are the Ocean

Shar Tuiʻasoa

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We Are the Ocean by Shar Tuiʻasoa

Regular Edition

Fine-art Giclée print on Canson Aquarelle 310gsm museum-grade archival paper

16 x 20 Inches

Limited Edition of 50

Signed & Numbered

Variant Edition

Fine-art Giclée print on Canson Aquarelle 310gsm museum-grade archival paper

18 x 24 Inches

Featuring a full bleed with hand-deckled edges

Limited Edition of 25

Signed & Numbered

Printed with by Static Medium

Artwork Statement

The Polynesian woman depicted sits gracefully amidst the gentle embrace of the ocean, embodying the harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature. Half submerged, she becomes one with her surroundings, symbolizing the inseparable bond between our people and the marine world. Her serene presence serves as a reminder of the reverence and respect our ancestors held for the ocean, recognizing it as a source of sustenance, spirituality, and cultural identity.

Holding a conch shell in her hand, she carries echoes of tradition and wisdom, its sound resonating across generations as a call to safeguard our precious marine ecosystems. Surrounding her is a diverse array of marine life, from the majestic whale to intricate coral formations, each species interdependent and interconnected in the delicate balance of nature, underscoring the importance of preserving biodiversity and protecting vulnerable species.

However, amidst this beauty, there is also a subtle reminder of the challenges our oceans face. The fishing net draped over her shoulder serves as a poignant symbol of human impact, highlighting the need for sustainable practices and responsible stewardship of our marine resources.

Through this illustration, Shar aims to inspire a deeper appreciation for the ocean's beauty and complexity while advocating for its conservation. By embracing cultural heritage and honoring the wisdom of ancestors, collective efforts can be made to ensure a brighter future for our oceans and all who depend on them.

Artist Bio

Shar Tuiʻasoa is a Polynesian illustrator based on O'ahu in Hawai'i where she operates her illustration business Punky Aloha Studio. Born and raised in Hawai'i, Shar's work is a bright and colorful celebration of her Pacific Islander heritage. She has created artwork for global brands including Disney, Pixar, Target, Alaska Airlines, Starbucks, Amazon, Harper Collins, and Penguin. She is known for her bold and playful aesthetic, as well as her murals that feature her unmistakable connection to the people and places of the islands. When Shar is not living her wildest dreams, drawing every day in her pajamas on her couch, you can find her jumping in the ocean and imagining new worlds.

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