As a tribute to my beautiful country, I have tried to combine the traditional with the contemporary through this painting. The outer most boundary is representative of the look of hand-woven mats that are a part of every Tongan household. The letters have the traditional Tongan design – “Kupesi“ etched onto them, while the background of “TONGA” is filled with my expression of contemporary island flavour.
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.
Size: 10inches (length) x 23.5 (breadth) inches
Price: On request