In collaboration with Polytoxic
My work initiates from neutral beginnings embracing the subtlety and silence of neutrality, the white substance and minimalist aesthetic. Within my parent’s home, an altar sits in the living room proudly displaying miscellaneous objects - religious paraphernalia, family photos and statues. The space is colourful, collective and void of any design aesthetic. It is lived-in, warm and echoes the innate sense of pride held in many Samoan homes. The random positioning and inclusive collection of the objects has become a catalyst for my practice as I recognize the significance of an accumulative aesthetic and how I advance from this.
There is a certain comfort in owning a ‘piece’ of cloth and knowing what exists inside when it is manipulated – blurring the line between the esoteric and the traditional design reference. There is a sense of it being obsessively detailed and constantly handled through repetitious threading and tying and the formation of a tactile relationship between the artist and material. I am drawn to the meticulous process of manipulating it into a form, allowing the material to guide the process. Its outcome is determined, in a sense, by the material’s ‘performance’ through process.