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Title

The pearl

2021

Artist

Angela Tiatia

Australia

21 Nov 1973 –

Alternate image of The pearl by Angela Tiatia
Alternate image of The pearl by Angela Tiatia
Alternate image of The pearl by Angela Tiatia
Alternate image of The pearl by Angela Tiatia
Alternate image of The pearl by Angela Tiatia
Alternate image of The pearl by Angela Tiatia
  • Details

    Date
    2021
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour, sound
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:08:40 min; aspect ratio: 30.9
    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Collection Benefactors and Atelier 2022 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Contemporary Collection Benefactors
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    3.2022
    Copyright
    © Angela Tiatia

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    Artist information
    Angela Tiatia

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Matisse Alive, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Oct 2021–03 Apr 2022

Other works by Angela Tiatia