In ‘to find, meet’, Salome Tanuvasa’s fourth solo exhibition at TMG, the artist presents four new paintings on canvas, together with a suite of framed works on paper.
Describing her process, Tanuvasa writes:
“Creating art requires time and space. Both things are in flow as I work within my own space – mental and physical – searching and reflecting on the work and on my current living situation. The constant balancing and re-balancing of family and work schedules – making time – has led me to understand that I need more room to further my practice.
This time, the back yard is my studio.
As I paint I think about the marks, the strokes – searching for something satisfying – my inner dialogue, intention, scale, form, size, colour, shape, action, gesture – and always always my surroundings.
These are the thoughts and concerns that revolve within my internal conversations. I hope the weather holds as I hang my paintings on the washing-line to dry. How do you become an artist at a time when housing and jobs are in such a critical state?
“To find, meet” are words that are on my mind.
Truth to process.
Finding ways around barriers is all I can do.”
Salome Tanuvasa completed an MFA at Elam in 2014. In May 2021 her work will be shown with that of Teuane Tibbo and Ani O’Neill in Stars start falling, curated by Hanahiva Rose at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. In August 2021 Stars start falling travels to Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. In June Tanuvasa’s work can be seen in From our Beautiful Square curated by Lisa Beauchamp at Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery.
Photography by Kallan MacLeod