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About the Artist: Lingikoni Vaka'uta

About the Artist: Lingikoni Vaka'uta The Charmer Ink on paper, 2006, 77 cm x 57 cm. Photo by Katherine Higgins. As an economics student at the University of the South Pacific (usp), Lingikoni Vaka`uta never imagined he would become an artist. Nearly finished with his degree yet unsatisfied, he joined the first painting workshop at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture in 1998. He was given a piece of canvas and told to tell his story. Unexpectedly, he found inspiration in his memories of growing up in Lapaha, Tonga, and an answer to what had been missing. What emerged were the beginnings of a style inspired by Tongan practices, legends, Photo by Katherine Higgins and heritage. Lingikoni continues to find inspiration in the poetic and insightful Tongan metaphors and stories he has learned or composed. The multifaceted meanings and reinterpretation in Lingikoni's works are rooted in his memories of Tonga, yet visually they are distinctively contemporary. His stylized representations of gods, animals, and tattooed bodies do not imitate the work of his ancestors; however, the themes rejuvenate cultural connections, because by relating to his home and past, he connects with his ancestors and fonua (land). Depicting a legendary scene such as Maui http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

About the Artist: Lingikoni Vaka'uta

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2008

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The Charmer Ink on paper, 2006, 77 cm x 57 cm. Photo by Katherine Higgins. As an economics student at the University of the South Pacific (usp), Lingikoni Vaka`uta never imagined he would become an artist. Nearly finished with his degree yet unsatisfied, he joined the first painting workshop at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture in 1998. He was given a piece of canvas and told to tell his story. Unexpectedly, he found inspiration in his memories of growing up in Lapaha, Tonga, and an answer to what had been missing. What emerged were the beginnings of a style inspired by Tongan practices, legends, Photo by Katherine Higgins and heritage. Lingikoni continues to find inspiration in the poetic and insightful Tongan metaphors and stories he has learned or composed. The multifaceted meanings and reinterpretation in Lingikoni's works are rooted in his memories of Tonga, yet visually they are distinctively contemporary. His stylized representations of gods, animals, and tattooed bodies do not imitate the work of his ancestors; however, the themes rejuvenate cultural connections, because by relating to his home and past, he connects with his ancestors and fonua (land). Depicting a legendary scene such as Maui

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 11, 2008

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