Since ancient times, Roosters in Tonga are considered quite special. They are popularly referred to as messengers. Every dawn is heralded by their call and so is each dusk. Roosters also stand for authenticity, courage and strength in the ‘friendly islands’. When a Rooster crows, the others tend to be alert and listen. The Roosters in this artwork stand for the men of Tonga, who are being challenged by JESUS to be courageous and embrace their responsibilities as males, as husbands, as fathers, as brothers, as sons and in any other role that they have; first in the family and then elsewhere. They are being called to do so completely and whole heartedly.
Medium and Materials used: Indigenous Tongo ink and soil paint on 100% Tapa.
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