Little Temptation (Touching Earth Series)
Throughout this painting Rusiate depicts the temptation every farmer will encounter. At first the farmer is most very proud of his work, as his hard work has finally paid off with the earth responding to the seeds he had planted. Though much to Dau Teitei’s horror a wolf of temptation grows from the stem of his crop. The temptation to use chemicals to artificially enhance the crop greater, without much time. The farmer and Mother Nature together reach out not to the temptation, but to the earth. To go beyond the pretend growth and back to the ways of the ancestors. To feel grounded just like they did and wait patiently for naturally growth.
In this series of paintings, Touching Earth, we see that Rusiate stresses the importance of maintaining a balance with Mother Nature. To respect the Earth and the elements by whenever possible, growing your plants organically. The barefoot states the endurance of walking lightly on the earth, by being connected. Rusiate’s Father was a chief in Fiji, his name is Matai Tinai which in English translates into Ten Eyes. As one of Rusi’s trademarks he will always paint eyes in his artwork. We see the flying boxes, which is Rusiate’s way of portraying information, perhaps not easily seen. In this series, Rusiate has infused vibrant rich build-up of colour.
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…