Ocean/Land Statement
       
     
 Alisia on Red Ball
       
     
 Silk Bouquet
       
     
McFarlane Roundabout
       
     
Red Plant
       
     
Salote and Emiline after school
       
     
Yellow House
       
     
Sleeping Boy
       
     
Yellow Orchids
       
     
Hermit/Succulent
       
     
Tide Pool
       
     
Niko on Horse
       
     
Red Fence
       
     
 Dishes
       
     
Painted Wall
       
     
Upholstered Chair
       
     
Low Tide
       
     
 Brush Fire
       
     
Banana Trees
       
     
Banyan
       
     
William at Low Tide
       
     
Ratu Sekuna
       
     
Blue Ribbon
       
     
Grave
       
     
Red Blossom, Night
       
     
Girl with Chalkboard
       
     
Water Lilly
       
     
Shanti Praesad
       
     
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Chalk Drawings
       
     
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Kids in Red Car
       
     
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Ocean/Land Statement
       
     
Ocean/Land Statement

I am interested in the experience of one’s childhood home through adult eyes. Embarking on this photography project, my initial impulse was to search for my dreamlike childhood memories of the South Pacific that I longed to relive. However, returning to this region as an adult I found that, of course, during my time away Fiji had changed and so had I. So, I threw out my preconceived notions of what I ought to photograph, and instead let the camera and Fiji guide me. I spent a year photographing anything and everything – a curiosity driven collection of information, stories and beautiful things. Afterward I edited and sequenced the photographs to construct a story of contemporary Fiji as the graceful, proud, historically and culturally complex, globally conscious nation that I find it to be. I am interested in the beauty of a layered, dense and eclectic vision of the Pacific.

I do not see these artworks as a definitive statement. Instead I enjoy how photographs are able to dance around the edges of complex issues – often raising more questions than they answer. With this work I address a delicate and ever-shifting balance between presence and absence, interior and exterior, and private and public spaces. I am drawing a visual and conceptual tension between dense overgrowth and the vastness of open sea, geographical remoteness and cultural connectedness, vulnerability and self-sufficiency, and natural beauty and imposed order. I am interested in exploring how all of these themes intersect and manifest on a personal level and find myself drawn to the photographs that directly image ideas of home and family.

There are several portraits in this series. Some are the result of comfortable collaborations with the individual pictured. Other portraits speak more to an awkward distance between the subject and me, an American photographer. Though I have grown up longing to return and to fit into Oceanian culture, I feel it is also appropriate to address my role as a cultural outsider.

My deepest gratitude goes to all of the people who allowed me to photograph their families, their homes and their belongings, who shared their personal stories and opened their lives, and were the most gracious hosts. Further, this project and exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Fulbright Program, which offered me the unique opportunity to simply explore. Thank you also to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, the Head of School and staff of the School of Social Sciences, and the staff of OCACPS for your support, discussions, time, energy and advice, and for involving me in your scholarly community.  Specifically, I thank the Gallery of Oceanian Art for all of the unseen support that any exhibition involves, and for generously hosting this exhibition.

 Alisia on Red Ball
       
     
Alisia on Red Ball

Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji, 2012

 

 Silk Bouquet
       
     
Silk Bouquet
McFarlane Roundabout
       
     
McFarlane Roundabout

Suva, Fiji, 2012

 

Red Plant
       
     
Red Plant
Salote and Emiline after school
       
     
Salote and Emiline after school

Laucala Bay, Suva, Fiji, 2012

Yellow House
       
     
Yellow House

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, 2012

 

Sleeping Boy
       
     
Sleeping Boy

Viwa, Fiji, 2012

Yellow Orchids
       
     
Yellow Orchids
Hermit/Succulent
       
     
Hermit/Succulent
Tide Pool
       
     
Tide Pool
Niko on Horse
       
     
Niko on Horse

Outside Namalata, Vanua Levu, Fiji, 2012

Red Fence
       
     
Red Fence

Laucala Beach, Suva, Fiji, 2012

 Dishes
       
     
Dishes

Tabiang, Rabi, 2012

Painted Wall
       
     
Painted Wall

Apia, Samoa

Upholstered Chair
       
     
Upholstered Chair

Robert Louis Stevenson House, Vailima, Samoa

Low Tide
       
     
Low Tide

Nasese, Suva, Fiji, 2012

 Brush Fire
       
     
Brush Fire

Bua, Vanua Levu, Fiji, 2012

Banana Trees
       
     
Banana Trees
Banyan
       
     
Banyan

Garden of the sleeping Giant, outside Nadi, Fiji, 2012

William at Low Tide
       
     
William at Low Tide

Laucala Bay, Suva, Fiji, 2012

Ratu Sekuna
       
     
Ratu Sekuna

Abandoned House, Namlata, Vanua Levu, Fiji, 2012

Blue Ribbon
       
     
Blue Ribbon

Lovoni Village, Ovalou, Fiji, 2012

Grave
       
     
Grave

Silana, Fiji, 2012

Red Blossom, Night
       
     
Red Blossom, Night
Girl with Chalkboard
       
     
Girl with Chalkboard

Nadi, Fiji, 2012

Water Lilly
       
     
Water Lilly
Shanti Praesad
       
     
Shanti Praesad

Rakiraki, Fiji, 2012

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Chalk Drawings
       
     
Chalk Drawings

Rewa Street, Suva, Fiji, 2012

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Kids in Red Car
       
     
Kids in Red Car

Between Apia and Faleolo, Samoa, 2012

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