Lines of Life
From the Mezzainine exhibition hosted by Alliance Française in Canberra and released from the Gondwana Collection is this work ‘Lines of Life’.
In the beginning of 2009 Rusiate was visiting his family in Fiji when one of the worst floods in history hit the island. The water level of the Rewa river rose 4 metres and both human and animal lives were lost and crops ruined.
After the flood people survived on eating small land crabs – boiling them up and mashing them into a soup.
In the background, children are depicted playing with balloons, signifying that village life continued regardless.
The eyes represent ancestral spirits who live on plants, on wind and in the sea – constantly watching and encouraging people to respect and be proud of culture.
Rusiate has placed his personal trademark symbol above the crab and traditional tapa designs filter throughout the work.
Stunning Melanesian Aesthetic Energized with Powerful Modernist Expression… Rusiate Lali is a man of his times. Coming from a long lineage of potters, carvers, tapa cloth and fibre artists, Rusiate is one of the most exciting and provocative artists to exhibit at Gallery Gondwana. In 1999 he was named 'Contemporary Fijian Artist of the Year' - his work was a sensuous mix of past and present, myth and reality. With a number of solo and group exhibitions under his belt, and a body of work that continues to grow, evolve and surprise, every new exhibition is eagerly anticipated. His step into the high end fashion world of London in 2016 saw his experimental pieces adorned the catwalk models, then the Spring/Summer fashion show in Alice Springs the same year, saw his paintings transformed into wearable art and fashion. The following year 2017 saw his London Exhibition Climate Change in the Pacific as the opening of the 13th London Pacific Fashion Week…