Salome Tanuvasa

A Study

10 MAY - 04 JUN 2022

Salome Tanuvasa’s A Study comprises 12 works in acrylic on canvas alongside a suite of works on paper. The metre-square canvases are an investigation of the act of mark-making while the smaller works on paper help us understand where the artist’s gestures begin.

Tanuvasa describes her work as “a conversation with materiality; an action occurring and the outcome recorded”, and she likes to use questions to create parameters:

 “What does it mean if I stop here?

What will happen if I continue?

Can I combine these colours?

What do these shapes communicate?

What do these marks communicate?”

Each question produces a new outcome. Each of the artist’s explorations of shape, colour or scale and each intuitive response operates to create a composition that leads the viewer’s eye around and through the canvas. 

Tanuvasa asks us to imagine her process; she wants us to feel where the marks originate and to think about their relationships. 

Tanuvasa writes: “I recently spent a week at the Earthskin Waygood Foundation in Piha. It re-connected me to nature and natural forms and it was a time for reflecting and nurturing. I found peace and love, and I recorded my findings from this place. My Residency at the Foundation renewed my respect for nature and its grounding influence.”

The works on paper in A Study were created at the Foundation.

Salome Tanuvasa’s recent public exhibitions include Choose Happiness at the Murray Art Museum, Albury, NSW Australia, From Our Beautiful Square at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland and Stars Start Falling at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. 


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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
950mm H x 1000mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled (detail)
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1200mm H x 950mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled (detail)
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled (detail)
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled (detail)
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled (detail)
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
Untitled
2022
acrylic on canvas
1000mm H x 950mm W

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view

PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Salome Tanuvasa
A Study
2022
installation view