Extremely resilient by nature, the ‘U’u (Hermit crab) will first husk a fallen coconut , then scale to the top of a tree and hurl it down from there to break the shell on the rocks below. It then slowly makes it’s way back to the ground and feasts on the fruit of its labour.
This painting is my interpretation of the first verse of Psalm 23 from the Bible which says “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want”.
Mediums and material used:
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.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Soil Paint: The 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. Acrylic Paint.
Size: 23 (l) x 44 (b) inches
About the Series: Tonga holds an agricultural show annually, in its six main islands namely – Tongatapu, Vava’u, ‘Eua, Ha’apai, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou. It is a time when farmers, fisheries, artisans and handicraft makers come together to display their best products and also get commended for their contribution to the development and progress of the nation.This year the show was very special, as Tonga also got it’s sixth King – King George Tupou the VIth. Hence the name “The Royal Agricultural Show”. It was personally inaugurated by the King and Queen, who also visited all 6 islands for the respective shows. For us to be a part of this event was being a small part of our nation’s history.