Qilaiso (2017)

Artist: Rusiate Lali

Region: Fiji

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 122 x 198 cm
(Artwork can be rotated)

Catalogue Number: 14038RL

Status: SOLD

Whoa… whooaaa… yes, see that is exactly how you would feel if there was a big Diria (eel), creeping up to you in the swamp. Diria is an eel, and very special it also crawls on land with big major fangs, and is known to have eaten piglets and cats and mongoose and small creatures like that. On my left is the turtle. The turtle represents the indigenous race, a slow moving race that was not interested in technology or the economical structure that is happening now… we are just slow like a turtle, but one thing we have is that we really do care about the environment. We care about the god, we care about the spirit, we are just land loving people. Until the “big corporates” has come in, which is represented by this big creature here, with the big head and the eyes, coming in trying to engulf what we have in our tiny little island nation of Fiji. Meaning the natural resources, which economical is good for the country, I have you know, maybe wrong with the economic, it’s just that for you are you going to be taking more and draining our natural resources, therefore damaging the country, causing climate change to be faster then what it is now. Qilaiso is just charcoals gathering together creating a big fire and engulfing into flames. This will be exhibited in London in September, 2017.

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).

Rusiate Lali

Region: Fiji

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…

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It is located in a beautiful environment on a farm 10 minutes from Nausori airport, 45 minutes from Suva.
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