Takeinivula Creation Story Series – A bird, a fish and me (2002)
Takeinivula is the artist’s ancestral grandmother who travelled 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.
Here Rusiate has made reference to the metamorphosis of the spirit world by merging the bird and the fish and reaches out to them.
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…