New Zealand Pasifika Artist
Brought up on a rich diet of stories and images about the Pacific from my stepfather who taught in Samoa, alongside family who worked in Fiji and Samoa - and my own travels in the Pacific - my early life had a strong connection with the Pacific region. A fascination of links between the peoples of the area through space and time has continued this sense of connection. Personal observations are embodied in my work, along with invented symbols that add to a narrative and my understanding of 'place'. My work is influenced by Tapa designs, tatau, symbols, motifs and colours of the Pacific as well as the land and flora around us.