Bomèè vi rhenon

An exhibition by Isabelle Staron-Tutugoro

03 - 21 APRIL 2012

Official presentation in the presence of the artist on Thursday 19 April 2012, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

The Alliance Française de Melbourne, is proud to present
“Bömèè vi rhenon " (Little stories’ follow-up),  an exhibition by Isabelle STARON-TUTUGORO, a French-born artist living in New Caledonia with a passion for this Pacific island and its culture.

Isabelle STARON-TUTUGORO was born in 1964 in Saint Symphorien-sur-Coise, a village near Lyon in France. A self-taught artist, she displayed her first works at the age of 15. But it was not until she travelled to the South Pacific at the age of 22 and witnessed the colours and light of New Caledonia, that she had a brainwave and felt truly inspired to paint. Her life in Poindimié, a small Caledonian village, drew her closer to the Kanak’s culture and intensified her interest in indigenous’ symbolism (petroglyphs but also engraved Kanak bamboo and Lapita poteries). These past ten years this exposure, combined with an intense interest in indigenous’ symbolism had led her to research petroglyphs in other South Pacific island cultures such as Samoa, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Tahiti as well as in Australia.

New Caledonia is fortunate to have retained many historical petroglyphs. The motifs used in her woodcuts, linocuts, and mixed media paintings are found in the Nambai Valley, the land of her husband’s ancestors. She interprets them through her works as different stages of the circle of the life: birth, pregnancy, family... Through her frequent stays in New Zealand since 2001, she has received the support and mentorship of renowned Samoan-NZ artist Fatu Feu’u, considered as the father of Contemporary Pacific art.

Following several exhibitions in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Europe, Samoa, Australia and recently at the Alliance Française de Canberra, Isabelle STARON-TUTUGORO will present her work from 3 to 21 April 2012 at Alliance Française de Melbourne’s Eildon Gallery.
An official presentation with the artist will be held at the gallery on Thursday 19 April 2012, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Écoutez l'interview d'Isabelle Staron-Tutugoro sur SBS

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