" In this painting I am thinking about movement and returning home. It was painted after my grandmother died but is not specifically about her. The idea is about a painting that will take her home. The title is colloquial - immediately recognisable. I'm wanting to go back to Samoa and revisit with her. The work is also exploring what I am trying to do in paint, lots of ideas that exist, but also thinking about the connection with dreams, oral histories, journeys, space, time . "
Laita Born - 1969 - Samoan / Maori ( Ngati
Raukawa / Rangitane )
Lily Laita grew up in Whangaparoa, New Zealand and is of Samoan and Maori (Ngati Raukawa / Rangitane) descent. Laita is an art teacher as well as a mixed media artist - painter, printmaker and ceramic sculptor. She has exhibited in many exhibitions that have been important in bringing the work of Pacific artists to mainstream attention. Laita's work often challenges the representations of Pacific Island people, frequently countering stereotypes. Her works typically defy the notion of what constitutes Pacific Island art while addressing the different ways that cultures communicate and record knowledge.