Kuita (Octopus), 2017
Bula daca, the painting is called Kuita - Kuita is the octopus. Kuita in Fijian word is also when you smack someone, it comes from when you catch the octopus in the reef, the eight arms would smack you back on the hand. Now as you can see there is a hand, here and it has the hammerhead sharks swimming around the hand. What this painting is talking about is the anger of the eco system of the reef that represents the blood on man’s hand, it is a representation of man draining the resources of the ocean. For me it is a part of the climate change process as well, because we are destroying all the eco systems of the reef, making it very, like we are opening up for the waterways for the great flood to come through. Like I said, the exhibition is based on climate change and this is the work that I have done to depicted this.
This painting is one of the key works by Rusiate Lali in the opening Climate Change in The Pacific exhibition for the London Pacific Fashion Collective fashion show (September 2017).
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…