This stunning artwork is by contemporary Solomon island artist Ellie-Fa'amauri Firisua, now living in New Zealand . It is one of a small exhibition of her paintings, in which she explores issues of cultural identity, at the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna from March 3-March 22 2015.
I love the feeling of depth created by the criss crossing cylinders floating over an intensely blue ocean.It communicates to me the strength as well as the peacefulness of women in a global and often troubled environment.
The circular shape and patterns come from the kapkap, a traditional shell disc head ornament. But she was also inspired by the overlapping stalks on a flax bush so in this painting she bridges two cultures. The first her place of birth, the Solomon islands, and the second her place of education, New Zealand where she graduated from AUT with a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts.