Temanja + Poseidon, 2008
Tatjana Hiutinec’s artistic vision encompasses her fascination with human nature, ecology, and symbolic messages of ancestral folklore and myths. The two sculptures that welcome guests to Drake Devonshire are inspired by figureheads - ornaments at the bow of the ships and usually represent spirits or creatures who provide protection of the boat or strike fear into the enemy.
Yemanja, Mother Whose Children are the Fish: In Afro-Brazilian diasporic religion (Umbanda and Candomblé), Yemanjá (aka Iemanjá, Yemọja, etc.) is the Goddess of the Ocean, considered to be the Mother of All who birthed the first humans through her waters. She is the patron spirit of sailors and fishermen, survivors of shipwrecks, the feminine principle of creation, the protector of women and children, and fertility. Poseidon of the Thunderbolt: In Greek mythology, Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea. The name Poseidon also means “husband of the earth” or “lord of the earth”. Connected not only to water but to dry-land as well, he is the creator of new lands. His presence teaches that obstacles are necessary conditions for our evolution - roadblocks levy us to learn endurance. Once his work is done, a perfect calmness in the mind is established.
Since being displaced due to war in Croatia in 1990, she has been exhibiting her artwork in galleries and events in both Canada and Croatia.