We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood ~ Teresia Teaiwa
Since moving to Australian in 2005, I’ve had this longing for Oceania – I kept finding Pacific linkages/influences/images in my landscape and started to take photographs of them. In 2010 I created a Tumblr blog called i see oceania.
As a person born of oceania, living and travelling cities of concrete and steel, I catch a glimpse of oceania everywhere. Be it people, trees, shadows, buildings etc…i see oceania. [Extract from i see oceania blog]
Curated by Joycelin Kauc Leahy, Pacific Storms strives not to stereotype Pacific arts, but aims to capture the viewer and draw attention to Pacific culture in the contemporary sense as seen through the eyes of Pacific artists. Artists from ten Pacific Island countries question the present, highlight the now and draw attention to what lies under leis, sunshine and the stereotype view of Pacific Islands as underdeveloped and creators of predominantly primitive art.
The use of geometric designs and repetitive linear lines is prominent in traditional (like tatau, tapa, woven mats, adornments etc.) and contemporary Pacific art. The photographs I’m exhibiting at Pacific Storms 2011 are my interpretation of these geometric and linear lines in diaspora.
Migration is part of the Pacific journey – we moved across the Pacific Ocean from island to island and sometimes we returned the way we came and finally settled somewhere, than slowly we started to move again, to Australia, to New Zealand and elsewhere.
With the threat of sea levels rising due to climate change, the peoples of many Pacific Island countries will have to be resettled and relocated. This idea of continuous migration becomes a different journey… an/other oceania.
18 May – 25 June, 2011
Opening night: 20 May, 2011.
Curators talk at 5:30pm, with official opening at 6:00pm.
Logan Art Gallery
Cnr Wembley Road and Jacaranda Ave,
Logan Central, Queensland, Australia