Turakawa (Baby in Cradle)

Artist: Rusiate Lali

Region: Fiji

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 91 x 152 cm

Catalogue Number: GGFJ1011RL

Status: SOLD

This painting represents one of the main creation journey that shaped the island of Fiji. 

It is about two brothers, CiriNakaumoli and NakauSabaria lived in Nakauvadra that lived in the middle of the island. They were very cheeky. They played tricks on everyone. Their father had a rooster. Every morning he would warn him, sort of like an alarm clock but one morning there was no cry. The younger brother had speared the rooster on the head. It was just a joke but the rooster died. They ran to the Snake King, Degei to ask for help but Degei turned around and said “I can’t do anything for you, I’m sorry boys but you are going to have to run away, far far away from your father, so they broke branches of canister lilies and all the water sprouted out – enough water to flood the high lands. The two brothers snipped two taro leaves and two fish that guided their way toward the sea. Their father was so angry and frustrated and yelled out to them “You will never return”. Until this day the brothers were never found but only known as “Baby in cradle”.  

In this painting you see the younger brother. Both the cock and the fish are blind as they have given their vision to the baby.

These brothers are represented on the Fijian flag.

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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