Cerisse Palalagi

March 12, 2008

Come together @ Artstation with Natalie & Mumu te awha Couch

Mumu te awha Couch

March 10, 2008

Te Puawaitanga Art Auction

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Newton Central Primary school Art auction,
March 16th 2008

Cerisse Palalagi
Natalie Couch
Matene Sisnet
Hera Johns
Ani Oneil
Bethany Edmunds
Steven Ball
Filipe Tohi
Greg Riwai
Tracey Black
Shigeyuki Kihara
Robyn Kahukiwa
Dominique Baker
& more…

March 9, 2008

Pollywood 08

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M.I.C – Toi Rerehiko are proud to present POLLYWOOD SIX08, curated by Craig Fasi. Continuing on from the previous successful FIVE years of screening Pacific Island Short Film; POLLYWOOD SIX08 is set to please audiences yet again..

POLLYWOOD, a well known advocate of Pacific Island Short film, has produced another fantastic line up of Polynesian theme short films. Encompassing Drama, comedy, experimental and documentary work, POLLYWOOD SIX08 has something for everyone.

Short films directed, written and featuring Nesian people. Celebrating our cultural identities, stories, thoughts and ideas, Pollywood is the only annual program of its kind here in New Zealand.

Craig Fasi has organized and curated Pollywood since 2000 while working with the Moving Image Centre, now MIC Toi Rerehiko. “I am constantly humbled by the support the program receives …. six years later the momentum of Pollywood couldnt be any stronger” says Mr Fasi.

Featuring 9 films that make up 80mins of interesting, insightful and educational work. Highlighting an archival piece from the Polynesian Christchurch based organization, “Pacific Underground” www.myspace.com/pacificunderground, the film “Nice Jacket” made in 2002 by Mishelle Muagututi’a and Pos Mavaega is an early account of the challenges faced by Pacific Island artists that is still relevant today.

Pollywood, for the first time, is screening an international work by Alex Munoz, www.fyifilms.org – a Los Angeles based director who’s 1 minute film directly relates to the celebration of one’s own culture, and reflects on what once was in modern day Guahan.

Thursday 20th March – 7.30pm
Corner Newbury St and Bairds Rd / Otara
FREE entry

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 -Opening @ Kura Gallery

Sam Farquhar, Vanessa Edwards,
Natalie Couch, Cerisse Palalagi

Sams woodcuts

Vanessa & Arihia Latham Coates

Gaylene Peterson & Natalie Couch


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

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
Ph: 04 802 4934 Fax: 04 802 4935Email: info@kuragallery.co.nz

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.

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