Western Leader : March 10th 2011
7 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 10, 2011 NEWS Vo M M A o ! Free admission for Aucklanders with proof of address. Explore Auckland s beautiful harbour on one of Voyager s sailing vessels for only $10 adults and $5 children. Discover more at Voyager. Open 9.00am-5.00pm Corner Quay & Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour Auckland Ph: +64 9 373 0800 www.maritimemuseum.co.nz Making eyes at Pasifika culture Talking heads: Fatu Feu'u's latest exhibition at Corban Estate Arts Centre gives an overview of his work. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY New look: The head altered by Mr Feu'u's son. By NICOLA MURPHY Like some of the greatest inventions, Fatu Feu'u created one of his most impressive pieces of art by accident. His plaster sculpture of a head was half-completed and sitting on a table unattended when Mr Feu'u came into the room to find his four- year-old son wrapping masking tape around it. He must have knocked it off and it was all cracked,'' the 65-year-old says. The area where an eye would have been had been knocked out revealing a piece of two-by-four holding the sculpture together. He said: Dad, that's the eye','' Mr Feu'u says. So I made the other eye the same.'' The piece was left as it was and cast in bronze. It features in Mr Feu'u's latest exhibition which opened at Corban Estate Arts Cen- tre last week. Pacific Heads is an overview of the Kumeu resident's life as a full- time artist and includes paintings and sculptures. They are all representations of the spirits appealed to for guidance and healing. They are inspired by the mono- lithic statues on Easter Island. My art highlights some of the positive values of the Pacific Islands,'' Mr Feu'u says of the sculptures. You're not supposed to touch [the images] and you can't look directly at them --- to show your respect.'' Curator Lisa Rogers says Mr Feu'u's art is important because while it represents Pasifika culture, it could also reference Western and other cultures, which include marks of respect like bowing to royalty. Mr Feu'u is originally from Samoa and moved to New Zealand when he was 20. He became a full-time artist in 1988 and looks back proudly over the work he has produced since then. The father of six gave a talk about his work to students from Liston College, Sunderland School and Waitakere College last Friday. Pacific Heads runs until April 10 at Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Rd, Henderson. Entry is free.
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