25, Poly Virtual Hypnosis


Networking sites were most popular now, i.e. Facebook and Twitter. Many years ago, Janet Lilo which thought Bebo was about TOP 16. She made a projector out of cardboard boxes, a phone has different media. They can amke their own short films. Hip Hop video maker, which was only 5 years ago. Writing on someone’s wall was a way of writing on a table. She made a polystein loveheart. She cut together 10 people singing the same song, this is on her website.
“My Face” a mixed of MySpace and herself, Janet collect 1700 of these images. Polynesian’s are superhuman nice og big calf having and barbaque eating haka reciting and football and rugby playing beasts.

Tupac is featured in Janet’s work mostly because she was into that influence of Pacific people. The Niuean flag, is what she calls it #Polyslang. The language doesn’t always translate with a muddle of things. Charice made a body of work with communication language through twitter and it is very readable, almost like a blog. Tumblr was established in 2007, Ema uses it because it is used as a visual diary. Sharing your favourite imagery. All of them have problems but when we search for keywords within Pacific Art History. People post a lot of images on what they like, what art they really, really like. Team Poly, the brushstrokes of long hair.

The chatrooms around forums. These are probably mixed=race people. Posting photos of themselves in a pose, especially males who post them in the mirror, with their friends, showing off their tattoos. Nail Art is a really good one. I don’t paint my nails anymore, but i have a huge collection at the amount of over 30 now. There are also a lot of little girls dressed as Princesses, which I find quite sweet because every girl wants to be a princess. These are a loy of images on the Homeland, sunsets and sunrises for example. “Is that us dox?” How do they represent themselves, What started on Bebo, creation of our own brands, an S with our hands. Some say, this meant Southside. When I was a kid, I used to think this meant Superman. But no, I was wrong. Sorry. It’s kina of cool, put on Tumblr.


24, Artists Talk by Michel Mulipula


He is a samoan comic book arist/store clerk and professional wrestler, who lives in Mangere and co-owns a comic book store in Royal Oak Mall. He’s been reading comics for 20+ years and started drawing ever since then. Comic book is what got him reading, to learn to read. He never went to any Art School, but he wanted to draw comics. He didn’t wantto do any Fine Art course. “Any reading is good reading.” -Quote from Michel. All he wanted to do was to do comics. Comic books are Superheroes, mostly about movies. All the genres in general phase is Superheroes. But it doesn’t mean his comics are about superheroes. You’re making a movie on paper. To make these comics is to tell a story, whether it is moral or visual. His way of making these comic backgrounds is to telling many stories.

As a comic book artist, if you lose the read, so then the story is useless. The reader should be following the story, unless there is a reason to go off the topic. People spend a little more time to read a page, or creae one. The previous page is in colour, the next page is the relity of this story and forthcoming all of the comic. He does draw on paper, but also on digital work too. He uses both now. You read he comic from left to right all the time, he usuallys keeps his work in grayscale before he colours them. He doesn’t use a ruler that much anymore. He lets the lines speak from themselves. He uses traditinal pencils, photoshop for the colour, as well.

He started working in school journals. Especially for young readers, he simplifies these outcomes who are still struggling to read. He starts add more havoc in the pages that he thinks needs more illustrating or storytelling. He has been trying to do some Life Drawing as well, about himself. Nice simple layout and panels, same space and kind of move. He made an example from The Walking Dead, the zombie Apocalypse. “LIFE” Drawing on zombies, drawing what they would like if they were sill human. This was a fun coversation. Dealing with bordem.

n his Wrestling comic, playing rugby and adding in little jokes too, which makes his job a lot of fun. You look at how characters frame certain scenes. He also did a postcard which I had put in a post of mine last term. He handed these to the editors and people kind of sees what his artwork looks like. It shows his details too. The responses were very well presented, and the feedback was never what he ever expected. “V-Man” was worth #10 Grand, for this V drink and when he won. He waitedd 3 months until he was told that he won the competition of Pimp My Life. The process would be like the ‘life’ drawing, the easy it is to understand what these drawings are about.

The action scenes where people would help him act them out. When you act it out, you get to feel what is about. Acting it out, because it would look so cool on the page. Body language of acting out these scenes. If he was this character, what would they look like? Because then it would feel right, choose the right angle. Work out their movements. His image is more male dominate, whereas the females are to look more realistic, more athetic, muscular and taller. Femlae readers read non-superhero comics, rather then male reading more superhero comics. He doesn’t do any tattoos. He wants to do some motion comics. When he opened the comic book store with his mate, Jeremy. They did it because the could do it their way. ‘Arhkam City Comics’ they could put anything on the mugshots.

You don’t want to make each page look the same. The best angle to showcase that. A little darker to the point, most of these characters are depressed or what’s going to happen. He went to a lot of movies and got his ideas from them. You’re the Director of this movie put on paper, you are the creator of this comic book. It is a lot of fun.

I really enjoyed this artist talk by Michel.

21, Artist Talk: Leilani Kake


Residual Colonial Footprints: “If we can, they can. Equal is what we are” –Barbara Kruger.

Leilani’s talk I have learned that she talks about the human rights. A brief history from the sixties till now. What is happening with Pacific people? There was a massive movement around the world. There was this video about the world. You would have to do your own research, to perfect your practice. There was a Springbok tour, but Maori’s wanted to play in the SB tour. You couldn’t bring politics into sports. Racisms doesn’t exist, but if he does. It is on the streets.

Structural discrimination when a network in History, Economics, Education and Politics to strengthen your work. Be aware of what you’re going to accomplish in your life. We do have great education, but we have less equity. What is the representation of Maori point of views, within their voice. Their voice would be Te Reo Maori in the language. The difference between the positives and negatives of these stereotypes of Maori men because they don’t have a chance.

The labels of Maoris and Pacific of a fob, is that you know the ways of your people. Success of a normal 9-5 job who feeds their family and has a successful job. Especially when it comes to our cultural values. In term of knowing our history and knowing what we are doing for our future standards, it only happens through a wide spread of communication and education. March or protest Housing, Education, Healthcare, Justice systems, Wages, our children and a better future. [Ka Tirohia whakamuri, hei arattika whakamua],”Look back to be guided forward”

20, Artist Talk: Stan Lolohea on “Urban Kupesi Tattoos”


After Stan’s studies, he moved in tattooing. He is of Tongan descent, and is quiet a family man. He has in NZ for 22 years now, he hasn’t been to Tongan. He does a lot of images, like Photography. He practices a wide way of style. He has done Tattoos for 3 years. He is influenced by different artists, but he didn’t bring in their work because of their copyrights.

The Problematic term, as a Tongan Tattooist, but Tongan tattooing is more of a mix, motifs, especially Tongans, their influences is by Samoans. He has a renaissance art background, he had done sculptors, which was a big highlight of his work with his religious beliefs. How he depicted religion. Because it was a cool way of doing it, where he has read a lot of tattoo books and magazine. But he doesn’t like it, because it doesn’t get into those expo’s. He doesn’t tattoo, girls because this was an agreement with his wife. There are certain tattoos he wouldn’t do, because it is a bit out there. Pacific styles were apart of his practice, because he works on his own. He tries to cover every style that comes his way. People are passionate about his art, but he has to be discreet about the tattoos he is asked about doing. Like, Mr Cartoon. Most of the people, he does tattoos for are mostly Pacific Islanders, a few European people, the rest were from around this area. Another work from Mr Cartoon, on the left, it is a common feel that people get these. Having two opposite lifestyle merging into one.

His GREY WORK, is highly done by Biker Gangs, which is terrifying. What people want, what they want to identify is a form of identity and the image intervenes  in the process. The relationship you and the world. He did work on The Virgin Mary, to say something about themselves without learning the work was about. Arm, chest, head and legs which is where he works on mostly. In a comic perspective is culture to them, you see this picture and he doesn’t have any culture that is in relation to him or whatever. All the tattoos that Stan projects, is mostly about all his clients coming up with their personal values of someone in their lives who has died. There are some that are sad stories. On one arm, who have a islander side and then the other would have other symbols to relate to themselves. It is apart of your identity, your experience, they follow of what they have learnt throughout their years. It speaks about them, in the ‘here and now’ which this one client of his has a clown with a sad face, and then a clock on his heart. He had regrets, and this one was a league player. He was going through a few struggles where his father was a minster and want the tattoo to the tell a different story about himself. He was getting out there and playing for the likes of his life.

PIN-UP ANGELS, a lot of guys come in and have many desires amongst the American Culture, but they are islanders. They still maintain that level of respect with the females in their families, that is a little respectful so he added some wings, as a joke. He came back a month after and then he added Jesus on it. He started getting into a lot of island tattoos. Two years ago, he worked in a Tattoo shop in Sylvia Park. Another Tattoo artist had told him to do something similar to what he was doing. It was bad advice, but he left anyway. He started doing Maori art, but he did mostly Pacific Art. He did some work for a South African guy where he did a design for him. He was close with his grandfather, both of them passed away, so he did something about that. This is quote a mixture of what he did, after his studies, very sacred.

The Maori motif represents the journey, he took in his life. The weaving represents family, on the map. The spear, Samoan protection, warrior-like. The islands patterns for him, clients want him to just do Tongan designs. People have different identities, it just looks better, the designs are a mixture of Tongan and Samoan ones. Islanders are trying to find new ways, it deepens in your connection to the culture which had the effects, by a mechanical influences. He did one guy, who was Australian that wanted a coconut tree because of his island friends and a stick figure flying down. Another guy who was German, his sister’s boyfriend, he wanted some island tattoos because of his brother-in-law. A friend of his, he went to school together. Wesley College Chapel, its’ a boarding school. A Methodist school, but during the day its’ like any other school. Another islanders in Sydney join those street gangs, Stan has noticed that these people have gang designs, these people were serious. One, had the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower.

From the QUESTIONS, Stan charges by piece in NZ, but when he goes to Australia he charges by the hour. Because he gets paid more. He taught himself, when he first started, so he would get someone else to fix up his tattoo. The type of work he wanted to get into, he wanted to be a Curator, between the galleries and then he finished his masters. He went job hunting for a whole year going interviews, that he was qualified but he didn’t have any experience. After he graduated, he wanted to go to Art School, but it didn’t really work out so he started tattooing. He has never used any traditional tools, but he is passionate about it, but he has to feed his family and spend time with his kids. He will have some days, where he would do it. The weirdest piece would mostly be the head, he likes keeping to himself. If any wanted old school patterns, he wouldn’t do those ones that come from other art forms. Because then he will mix it and those black lines, those island styles they have. The teeth, the turtle, the stingray, and many more. He doesn’t have any many to what these patterns actually mean. He works in Mt. Roskill and has worked their for over a year now. He is very successful in his work.

18, Curating Pacific Art


Being a Curator means to take care as a manger or a overseer. A Curator sits in between the art and the audience. They listen, stay focused and communicate with others who think about their experience art forms. Jim Vivieaere [1947-2011] had trained as an artist, how an audience experiences a gallery. The audience becomes a performer through their Art. There has to be a reason. What is the theme??? The book??? The organisation??? to treat their work as if you were a midwife looking after its’ baby. As I have said, the Curator is in between the art and the audience. So, of course, they are going to touch each other. Think of it as a Western Musem, telling stories through art. i.e.; Vaka Moana, the Voyages of The Pacific Ancestors. This was a theory of Taiwan. Immigrating its’ culture production that travelled for three years. It gave them big money, arcadaemia. Experts from all over helped publish the book. There are also essays of the Pacific, design a font, to represent South Auckland or the Pacific Migration.

Sculptors couldn’t understand, because it wasn’t irrelevant. They developed a theory or the idea of values in the community. Tanbora, a fijian object, wearing a design that effected our time and values and importance. This knowledge involved hair, only by man. Like tattoos, Tongan ones are similar to Samoan one, Stan Lolohea gave a talk about his work. The laughter, the language and behavior of how they respond to the art??? What is their voice? How is the audience behaving. So what does the Pacific understand about this? Most have grills or golden teeth as a symbol to recognize themselves as a Pacific individual. Leilani Kake son’s hair was demonstrated as an art form. Boys kept their hair neat and couldn’t cut it until a certain age, because it was tradition. A black chair in the front, people come up to cut the hair, there would be a Tapu basket, just to leave it there. It never was moved. In other ways, a tongan girl would do their dance, 22m tapa cloth and people would come up and give her money… then they would get up and dance with her.

Pechakucha Night, [2011] – this would be Pacific Food, Hospitality and a welcome to the community. A protocol, interface to understand the space and neutralise a meeting or Exihbition is a celebration. Opening, [2007] – In a church, we pray [opening & closing] this is how you respond to a celebration. Maka Tu’u Taha, with buckets on water, you sit in circle and the minster says a prayer, after gathering they behave in this space.

Milk World, [2007] Samiu Napa’a is a Tongan artist who made this work in a Milk Factory where he worked, out of two worlds. Pacific comes to NZ, like the Land of Milk & Honey – a reference to the Bible. It smells and you feel it. The Tongan language was stronger than Samoan. As if it was a production line, two things on the side were some weird frames he found in the Organic.

Glenda Vilisoni made Untitled, [2007] – this was found objects from the Organic It was an expressive painting, you could read it and understand it, because it showed visual language. She also did a piece of work on tinfoil that looked like a family tree of some sort. It looked amazing. She did another one with hair cutting, using rat tails she collected from her friends. It was value of what she was trying to do. This happened during the Tropical Cyclone, which is why I understood why she did this. She taped the frame over the hair.

She also did another work on ‘Bloodlines & reConnections’ this was an outdoor kitchen. I had seen one of these before, because my neighbor has them in her frontyard which I didn’t understand at first, until I heard about this in class. I found it quite interesting. Although, my neighbor is Tongan and her kids and I are best friends with – which is good for me.

17, Marianna Ellingson Response


Ellingson is a Papa New Guinean Officer, of Tourism in the Arts & Pacific Culture.

From a clip I found on YouTube, yet again. I though that I would make a response to this. So here it goes. She talked about Joycelin Leahy as a Curator trying to find Pacific Artists a gallery to set up their work. The area that no one pays attention to, certainly doesn’t pay much attention to, but it holds people together. It’s a really goof thing. Joycelin has done this, as a passion because the Government has told her to do it.

Stephen Buntrock is one example. Amongst these admiring the work, he is one who taught one of the artists. These were some of his students work on the wall in the galleries, he visited in another country. He goes on saying, that his students deserve to sell their work in Brisbane, because it is a fabulous place. Joycelin wasn’t worried about the supply side of the business. In the network, she made and met 50 artists from across the Pacific, who are Contemporary artists, where she is out to prove to these galleries that have rejected her attempts to be an agent. They were wrong.

“They could sell the work, just to get it from me. I’ll sell them myself” says Leahy.
Contemporary Artists love their own outlet in Australia.

16, Contemporary Pacidic Art finds Australian Audience Response


by Joycelin Leahy [a Curator, Beyond Pacific Art]from a YouTube clip

She is of Papa New Guinean descent, who completed a master’s degree in Museum Studies. Her interests were art, of course. It wasn’t easy going to another country, she set her culture down their way. She was trying to get galleries in Oz to promote Pacific Artists, she kept getting told NO! She was going around with the art, physically to go to galleries all over Brisbane. And again, they said NO! They said, one back to send the details, she’s lived in Brisbane for 8 years now.

It was tough for her because it was a big Pacific Community that people have lived in the Pacific Islands and Papa New Guinea, they were interested and the would buy the art. There were commissioned works based around the theme of environmental threats to the Pacific, like Mining Industries, that affected the land. PNG land was lost.

One painting was from a Fijian Artist named James Mason Lee. Silver Boy, his view on climate change of the major environmental changes has changed the world. There was a good turn out to the opening and the tourists of the culture, weren’t enough attention or the potential to the artistic creativity in helping PNG developments.