- Media category
- Time-based art
- Materials used
- single channel digital video, colour, sound
- duration: 00:07:45 min; aspect ratio: 32:9
- Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity l.l., black ink "A Tiaitia". Dated l.r., black ink "07.7.22".
- Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Collection Benefactors and Atelier 2022 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Contemporary Collection Benefactors
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Angela Tiatia
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In The pearl, Angela Tiatia conjures a speculative world made ready for a recast idea of the Pacific female, one no longer a colonial image of subservience but a self-determined, powerful presence.
Described by Tiatia as a ‘digital tapa’, an animative version of traditional barkcloth, this work sits in dialogue with French modernist Henri Matisse. His small bronze Venus in a shell (created in 1930, the year of his visit to Tahiti) prompted Tiatia’s reimagining of the Greco-Roman myth of Aphrodite/Venus. Venus – symbol of harmony, beauty and love – was born in sea foam and emerged from a shell, just as the creator-god Ta’aroa, was born from a clam shell. The pearl offers her a new, bountiful home.
Tiatia draws on the ancient to create a bold, joy-filled vision of Oceanic Futurism in the cradle of the Pacific – a place ready for a new Venus to emerge. Engulfed in water at the heart of Tiatia’s world is a memorial stone from Taputapuātea, an ancient and sacred marae where people would travel across vast flows of ocean to meet, worship and share knowledge.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Matisse Alive, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Oct 2021–03 Apr 2022