samoa/ngai tahu (born 1963)
My series of black builders’ paper cut-outs
Sista Girl, pays homage to the black veiled
women at Sunday mass, Pacific craftswomen,
my ancestors and the land.
A continuation of
my larger cut-out series Sista7, the mixture
of cut-out patterns represent a fusion of
cultures, closely interconnected, bound and
pieced together. The work alludes also to
the introduction of the Catholic religion as a
vehicle for the colonisation of the Pacific.
Sista Girl 2004
black builders paper
collection of the artist
courtesy Jonathan Smart Gallery
Lonnie Hutchinson’s Sista Girl
alludes to many intersecting issues
of Pacific history; the work of
women, the Catholic Church, and
the mixing of ancestral cultures.
installation has a dazzling charisma,
invoking memories of sacred events
in places of human gathering. Her
use of everyday materials is deeply
lyrical and expresses the work of
an exceptional imagination.