Edition of 30
1000mm x 700mm
My work is based upon the ancient Pacific Island art form of lalava (lashing) that was used for joining and binding materials together. Meters of coloured sennit (kafa) were wound and tied so as to create distinct geometric patterns that were a well -established part of daily life. I believe lalava patterns were a mnemonic device for representing a life philosophy.
Lalava patterns advocated balance in daily living and were metaphorical and physical ties to cultural knowledge.
By changing the scale of lines I seek to intrigue the viewer with a manipulation of space and pattern, introducing them to a "first level" and creating a desire to discover more about what they see.
My work transforms the technology of the past into a modern representation of identity and experience. By using the patterns established by lalava, I express a Polynesian heritage with metaphors for that speak to the entire community. - Filipe Tohi
Please note: The frame shown is made in a virtual setting to give an example of what the print could look like framed.