Cerisse Palalagi

March 15, 2008

ASB Polyfest 2008

Filed under: Baby, costume, dance, festival, Kapahaka, Maori, moko, pacific, Te Arawa — Cerisse Palalagi @ 5:36 am

Kahurangi ki Maungawhau A.G.G.S
(My younger sister Ngaronoa is #5 in the line)


12-15th March

This annual event is the largest Maori & Pacific Islands’ cultural festival in the world.
For $3, it was the best day out in ages. My dad, sister Waiora & son Rangiteaorere attended the festival to watch My younger sister Ngaronoa perform in the Kahurangi ki Maungawhau kapa haka group from Auckland Girls Grammar School. They totally nailed their performance today, we were really proud to see her sing & perform.
It was great seeing all the other stages too, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands & the Diversity stage.

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March 13, 2008

Flat White Black Pearl

Title: ‘Alofax3’ Medium: Ink & Acrylic on paper By Cerisse Palalagi 2008
Nina Tonga viewing Artworks in the Flat White Black exhibition
Flat White, Black Pearl is being shown in Auckland as part of the month-long Celebrate Pasifika festival. Atypical of your usual expectation of Pacific culture in the visual arts, it will only feature works that are in black and white.With almost 50 artists participating in the show, there are bound to be a few surprises about how the artists have chosen to express their ‘colour’ and cultural identity when confined to neutral tones.

Jim Vivieaere has curated the exhibition along with Leanne Clayton, herself an emerging artist and first-time curator.

While the curators concentrate on creating the physical and intellectual experience of the exhibition, the artists determine their own views on issues of race and identity as Pacific artists.

The exhibition invites people to take another look at the contrast of white and black, the personal expression of identity and wider issues of race and ethnicity.

Some Artists in the show include:
Cerisse Palalagi
Tuafale Tanoa’i /aka: Linda T
Ema Tavola
David Siliga Setoga
Metuanooroa Tapuni
Terry Klavenes
Niaval Ngaro

October 10, 2007

Whakawatea – New works on paper

Title: Tūāpā – to clear the way

Cerisse Palalagi
2007 screenprint
Edition 1/1

In celebratiion of Spring/ Summer I have started a series of prints based on the notion of ‘Whakawatea’- to clear, free, make way.

I am layering the Fresh green oval shapes over the top of one another, creating a sense of depth, inviting the viewer to take a closer look, and reveal multi layered imagery.

Inspiration has come from Papatuanuku herself, New growth on trees, freshly cut grass and making way for new ideas, new ways of thinking, living, and looking.
I have always wanted to use Maori imagery in my prints, & this has presented me with the opportunity to express my love for Kowhaiwhai and Maori artefacts.

These prints are only part of a larger series I am building up for a 5 women printmakers show called, “E moe i te wahine ringa raweke” – Marry the woman with busy hands.
Artists involved in the show are Vanessa Edwards, Sam Farquhar, Ruth Green Cole, Natalie Couch and myself.
Exhibition dates , opening: Saturday 27th October, 4.30pm
The show will be at Kura Gallery,19 Allen Street
Wellington
Ph: 04 802 4934 Fax: 04 802 4935Email: info@kuragallery.co.nz

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