Bu Sagone – The White Heron Spirit (Takeinivula Series)

Artist: Rusiate Lali

Region: Fiji

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 41 x 41 cm

Catalogue Number: 7315RB

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From the artist Takeinivula Series of works.

Takeinivula is the artist’s ancestral grandmother who travelled across the sea from Tonga to Fiji guided by a heron. Their ancestral mythology describes how she and her twin sister would metamorphose into the pandanas tree at night and travel as an octopus by day. 

I remember as a kid we were down in the river attempting to catch fish with our bare hands in the mud. It creates a funny sound that we all imitate with our mouths, laughing and joking as we go along ending up throwing mud balls at each other, like snow balls. The only problem with the mud is that when it hits you, it hurts and every now and then you hear a kid crying. Anyway, back to the story.

We walked closer to the taboo area but had no idea because we were busy enjoying ourselves. There was this kid older than us. He was always the most adventurous and the toughest only when girls were around. Out of bravery, more like show-off, he walked towards the taboo area. The kid started screaming and running around like a mad cow. He tripped, stood up, dived into the water and was unconscious for two days and then woke up. The witch doctor cured him and this was his story. He said that when he came close to the taboo area he saw this woman with big breasts who beckoned him towards her she touched him made love to him and hid him underneath her breast. The reason he was unconscious is that he could feel himself trapped under her breast.

Bu Sagone, The White Heron Spirit only captures and seduces young men, not women.

She is the same White Heron Spirit is the same one who came to my ancestral grandmother, Takeinivula when she was a child in Tonga and gave her and her twin sister the power to metamorphose into an octopus to escape the famine there and drift towards their new home of Fiji.

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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