Artist inspired by post-quake ChCh
12 March 2012
Issues surrounding the creative re-growth and rebuilding of post-earthquake Christchurch have influenced the latest work by the leading figure of contemporary Pacific arts in New Zealand, Fatu Feu'u.
Issues surrounding the creative re-growth and rebuilding of post-earthquake Christchurch have influenced the latest work by the leading figure of contemporary Pacific arts in New Zealand, Fatu Feu’u.
Ola, which will be held at the Ilam Campus Gallery from 14-23 March, “explores the affection for or love we have for where we come from”, he said.
Ola, a Samoan word that functions as both a noun and a verb, means “life” or “to create life” and Feu’u plays with the two concepts of the word in this exhibition, exploring the human capacity to love, hope and grow in times of adversity.
The paintings in Ola were also produced as the foundation for a new body of poetry that will be published with a series of lithographs. Feu’u researched and wrote the poetry as part of his second term as Macmillan Brown Pacific Artist in Residence at the University of Canterbury.
Feu’u was the first recipient of the residency in 1996 and, to mark the programme’s fifteenth anniversary, returned to Christchurch to complete a second residency in 2011.
Feu’u, born in Samoa, settled in New Zealand in 1966. A painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer and poet, he is considered a leader and mentor within the Pacific arts community in New Zealand. His work draws on his Samoan heritage as well as life in New Zealand and combines traditional and contemporary myth and motif to articulate a graphic visual language.
- Ola, 14-23 March 2012, Ilam Campus Gallery, Block 2, School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Opening hours: 11.30am-4.30pm.
- A Gallery floor talk will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 14 March.
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