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Va I Ta - Illumination

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Lily Laita
at Whitespace
8 Jul 2014 - 26 Jul 2014

Added by Dib

Lily Aitui Laita has achieved widespread recognition as both an accomplished artist and art educator. Her works are characteristically expressive in style, featuring vivid colour and layering of line and form.

Her abstracted subjects explore an ambiguous sense of space and time, communicating an interaction between dreams, Pacific mythology, journeys and notions of intuitive and learned knowledge.

Lily's paintings often express personal narratives, which reflect her mixed ancestry of New Zealand Pakeha, Maori (Ngati Raukawa) and Samoan descent. Lily's works attempt to address the various ways that cultures communicate and record knowledge and how art can become a vehicle for discussion and discourse. The inclusion of Samoan, Maori and English text invests her paintings with another dimension of understanding and 'reading the narratives', highlighting the significance of Polynesian mythology and oratory traditions.

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