Whale Watcher Painting by Ilaisa Latu

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Art Description

Painting: Environmental on Other.

There are some experiences that just cannot be described. They are to be felt ‘in the moment‘. The thrill of watching a Tofua’a (whale) is one of these. The first sighting of this magnificent creature is something you never forget. As it emerges from the depths of the ocean in a splash of waves, the sheer force of it’s body starts a rhythmic cyclonic effect in the waters and the sight is like watching music in motion.

However, the freedom of this gentle giant is at risk today, as talks about drilling/ mining, taking over some of the Pacific ocean bed are now floating in more with each passing day. Also, the way plastics and other hazardous materials/chemicals are being dumped into the ocean is causing havoc and much angst. What does all this mean for life in the ocean?

This painting also draws a parallel with my life experiences, as I try to stay true to my art and rise above the obvious challenges around me.
Note: Each piece of bark-cloth comes with it's own natural texture and is not smooth like traditional canvas.

Mediums and material used:

Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark and roots.
Soil Paint: The soil used as paint is found only in specific places on the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair.

Note: The frame used is only for representation purposes. The best frame for a bark-cloth painting is a 'Shadow Box ' frame.



Whale Watcher

Ilaisa Latu



Size: 18.6 W x 14.5 H x 0.2 in

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