The painting explores aspects of Fa'asamoa and Feuu's childhood in Samoa. The masks, frangipani and siapo patterns are ghostlike sentinels, images of importance from the past. These are powerfully juxtaposed with text in Samoan language recalling chalk on blackboard , hymns and bible lessons learnt in a Samoan village school . The middle I-shaped structured form overlaid with text conveys an incongruity between cultural ideals and modern life. The use of Samoan text means full understanding is impossible without some knowledge of the language. This text is a reflection of the colonial legacy of missionisation, hymns and bible lessons, of the structure and conformity of much of Samoan culture.
Fatu Feu'u Born - 1946 - Samoan