Kōrero: Tongans

New art by Tongan New Zealanders (1 o 2)

New art by Tongan New Zealanders

This 2004 work, ‘Atoms of earth’, is by the young Tongan artist Kulīmoe‘anga ‘Stone’ Maka. It was created by using smoke on canvas. This medium was a reference both to the death of his father from smoking when the artist was 12, and to the traditional smoked waist mats, designed by Tongan women to be worn only at funerals. Kulimoe‘anga Maka uses Tongan medicinal plants such as cabbage tree, sugar cane, paper mulberry and candlenut to produce the smoke and create different colours. In this way he sees his art as combining Tongan traditions with Western art practice.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Private collection
Smoke on canvas by Kulimoe'anga Maka

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Melenaite Taumoefolau, 'Tongans - Pacific Islands identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/1265/new-art-by-tongan-new-zealanders (accessed 7 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Melenaite Taumoefolau, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015