The ‘Unga (Hermit Crab) has outgrown it’s shell, and is now strong and big enough to live without one. It’s a new season and a new life for it. So similar to the coconut kernel it breaks into with confidence. This is all so reminiscent of our lives as each of us breaks out of the shells in our lives, out of our comfort zones and boldly embrace life and all it offers us.
Medium: Traditional Tongo ink, special soil paint and acrylic on Tapa surface. Tongo ink is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. The special soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Tapa – is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Size: 13.5 (L) x 12.4 (B) inches