Glenda Vilisoni

 
My Broken Niuean (triptych) 2000
Oil stick, acrylic, collage on board, nails, shell necklaces
150 x 400 cm
"The thoughts behind this work are my parents' journey to New Zealand, leaving behind 'poverty' in search for the 'better life'. It's a story also about how I think my mother felt about being brought here. The text is my translation - i.e. 'broken Niuean' on their story. It is my last painting and homage to my mother, a series of works begun in 1990."
 

 

 

 
Glenda Vilisoni
Born 1965
Niuean
 
 
Glenda Vilisoni was born in Alofi, Niue in 1965. She is a multi - media artist: painter, printmaker and ceramic sculptor. Since the late 1980s she has exhibited regulalry in exhibitions of contmeporary Pacific art.
"My art is also based on personal things, a starting point for myself ... my culture is important to me, to keep it alive in any way possible, in my case through art. Influences come from parents, family, personal crises, - I don't necessarily plan it - sometimes I just approach the canvas with a single thought and go from there. I'm interested in things spiritual - quite a few women in my family are spiritual."

1) My Broken Niuean (triptych) 2000
Oil stick, acrylic, collage on board, nails, shell necklaces
Panel 1: 100 x 130 cm
Panel 2: 150 x 300 cm
Panel 3: 100 x 130 cm
 
2) Motu Kehe 1995 / 2000
Oil stick, acrylic, nails, collage on canvas
190 x 275 cm
 
 
 

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