Cerisse Palalagi

November 29, 2008

In celebration of Niues constitution day

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in celebration of Niues constitution day

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November 7, 2008

Okai Gallery

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From Left to Right: Ema Tavola, Cerisse Palalagi, Sylvia Masters, Salesa Pepe.

February 9, 2008

Print portfolio in NYC

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, I Will Not Be Silent, 2006
ImagOn print, 13 ½ by 9 ½ inches

Richard F. Brush Art Gallery
St. Lawrence University
Canton, New York

January 21 – February 28, 2008

“The Hello Kitty portfolio is framed and being installed in the Richard
F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York” Melanie Yazzie

This exchange portfolio of prints uses Pocahontas and Hello Kitty as a ploy to engage the public to consider new ways of looking at Native women in history; the plot is to educate viewers and especially young women about this issue; and the point is to exhibit the prints at various reservations and in communities throughout the United States and abroad.

The project, organized by Melanie Yazzie, includes 38 artists and was also supported by the Southern Graphics Council and the University of Kansas, SGC sponsor in 2007. Kathryn Polk designed the portfolio’s colophon, which was the source for this text. Special thanks to Melissa Schulenberg, assistant professor of fine arts at St. Lawrence University.

Four New Zealand artists involved with the portfolio are: Cerisse Palalagi (Niue/ Te Arawa), Natalie Couch(Tuwharetoa), Lorraine King (Ngapuhi) & Natalie Hunt.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a Flathead Salish artist, writes about her print at left, “American Indian tribes have suffered genocide the same as the Iraqi and Afghani tribes today.”

November 10, 2007

Current-Whitespace Gallery

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Andy Leleisi’uao<!––>
<!––>James Ormsby<!––>
<!––>John Ioane<!––>
<!––>Leanne Clayton<!––>
<!––>Cerisse Palalagi<!––>
<!––>Angelina Pwerle<!––>
<!––>Emily Kame Kngwarreye<!––>
<!––>Walala Tjapaltjarri<!––>

Originally coined by the French explorer Dumont d’Urville in 1831, Oceania has been traditionally divided into Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australasia, and today has a population of over 35 million. The migration of the Polynesians in particular is impressive considering that the islands settled by them are spread out over great distances-the Pacific Ocean covers nearly a half of the Earth’s surface area.
Most contemporary cultures, by comparison, never voyaged beyond sight of land.

CURRENT showcases the work of contemporary artists, many are second generation New Zealanders and while their experiences of their parents Island homes are limited, their interpretation and understanding of their culture is strong. With the exception of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who passed away in 1996.
All the artists represented live in Australia or New Zealand and present a fresh view of an evolving art practice, the art they make stands proudly in a contemporary forum and is no longer fulfilling the role of decoration or function as prescribed in the past.
CURRENT demonstrates the complex and diverse cultural and political beliefs that are represented in the vibrant and increasingly collectable art of Oceania. Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Angelina Pwerle: COURTESY BETT GALLERY HOBART

10 Nov 2007 – 01 Dec 2007

OPEN: Tue-Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm

12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby,
Auckland, New Zealand
Email dwhite@whitespace.co.nz
Phone +64 9 361 6331
Mobile 021 639 789.

November 2, 2007

Toi Whakataa Press

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Toi Whakataa – to make artistic impression
Toi = Art; Whakataa = to make impression; Press = printmakers collective, independent of any organisation or institution.
The two white koru refer to the rollers of the press with the paper rolling out bleeding over the edge of the logo, this has been overlayed with a handle of a press thus combining the cultural aspect with the technical aspect of our roopu. The colours, slate greys and blues, reference to Taa moko.

Toi Whakataa Press was established in January of 2006, and emerged from a need to identify printmaking as a valid means of Maori artistic expression.
As a result, this Maori Printmakers Collective acts as a basic network for those involved.
To support and encourage the maintanence of Maori printmaking through the sharing of knowledge, opportunities and experience.

To initiate and participate in projects that benefit Maori printmaking and our personal print practises.

To act as representatives of Maori Print whenever appropriate and endeavour to maintain, expand and nurture networks with other indigenous artists.

To be aware of our roles as Maori printmakers/ Maori artists and to continually challenge and discuss what that means in a variety of contexts.

Toi Whakataa Press at this point is a fledgling group as a collective that is made up of strong and established individual printmakers that currently include:

Alethea Nathan
Alexis Neal
Anna marie White
Cerisse Palalagi
Chelsea Gough
Faith McManus
Gabrielle Belz
Marty Vreedre
Mike Samuels
Margie Brown
Natalie Couch
Ruth Green Cole
Sam Farquhar
Simon Kaan
Vanessa Edwards

November 1, 2007

E moe i te wahine ringa raweke

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“E moe i te wahine ringa raweke” – Marry the woman with busy hands
an all women Maori printmakers show
featuring new works by:
Natalie Couch
Vanessa Edwards
Sam Farquhar
Ruth Green Cole
Cerisse Palalagi
Exhibition Statement
byVanessa Edwards

“The title was adapted from an old Maori whakatauki that was said to young women when seeking a husband,
“E moe i te tane ringa raupa – marry the man with workers hands.
This exhibition is a visual comment on the many roles and complex lives that m
aori woman maintain in Te Ao Marama.
Maori women today need to be competent and confident in navigating between the pakeha world and the Maori world, the individual space (self) and the collective space (whanau).
Our art practise is often a private space for the individual to explore personal perspectives and expressions. However the works themselves continue to reference our connection to something bigger than ourselves.
These works illustrate a visual narrative that constantly redefines our roles, our stance and our place in the many contexts we as Maori women negotiate daily.”
The exhibition runs from October 27th- November 23rd, 20007
19 Allen Street
Courtenay Quater
t +64 4 802 4934
e : info@kuragallery.co.nz
Gallery hours
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Late night Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm

September 23, 2007

Afro comb digital experiments

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The top image is actually an animated gif file, and the original is below.

I enjoy finding pictures that I appeal to me on the internet, adding to them or breaking them down to a degree where I feel they are finished.

Today I had a played around with an image of a old antique traditionally made hair comb from the Pacific Islands, and added text that relates to the comb which is ‘Afro’.
I placed an effect on the image called ‘old film’, I just really love that Old school look it gives the image. I chose the old English font for the text because my younger teenage siblings use it alot when they get there clothing ‘personalised’. I like the connections associated between the ancient comb, & the text…..a series perhaps?

I’ll just keep playing and let these experimental works evolve.

September 18, 2007

Lavalavas stacked installation

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I have been wanting to do something with Lavalava material for a long time & I like how Marie Watt used blankets. However, I want to try this idea using lavlava, except stacked up in a urban environment, eg: Southdown Trainstop.( I’ll talk more about this later)

July 22, 2007

Return to the hand made life

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My return to the handmade life has been a long but satisfying journey.
My pregnancy & the birth of my son (bJuly, 2006) has been the main catalyst in regards to everything I’ve been involved with art wise so far, since February 2006.

Before that, I had been dabbling with drawings & splashes of paint here and there, but I felt downhearted. I’m so glad that time has passed, and it’s upwards & onwards from here on in.

I have a long way to go, in terms of distant goals eg. Travel to and exhibiting my works in Europe, The Pacific Islands, Asia, the U.S. and abroad.
However, I am a big dreamer- with monumental dreams, which I am currently working on making into my ‘Reality’.
On that note, I am going to carry on with my collage drawings while my son is peacefully sleeping, until next time-
Kia monuina,
Cerisse Palalagi

July 21, 2007

Collage is cool

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I had so much fun collaging mono prints, woodcut prints & found paper. I lay these cut out shapes on and around the screen printed images.
I really enjoyed looking at the textures & colours, seeing how they felt against one another.

For each composition, I always started in the center of the image & worked my way outwards.
I worked on one at a time to a point where I felt that was enough, or with some I would do so much, put it a side/…. start some more & then eventually go back to an unfinished work and complete it.

I let the clothing dictate the nature of how the work evolved.
On some of the collaged works I combined elements of ‘drawing’ to it, my signature.

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