MFA student Margaret Aull (Te Rarawa, Tuwharetoa, Fiji) solo exhibition ‘Concealed Ancestors’ co-curated by Ema Tavola and Nigel Borellthe has just finished and was “massively well-received” exhibition, only three of the nine works on paper are unsold. During the exhibition, Margaret not only presented an excellent artist talk on Saturday 9 February, but also managed to present complete new work for her end of year assessment exhibition.
In this new body of work, Aull investigates the concept of tapu / tabu within both Maori and Fijian cultural frameworks. Inspired by research at the Fiji Museum, she explores visual representations of ancestors and deities, spiritual lore, mana and life force. Utlising ochre used in the making of masi (traditional Fijian bark cloth), Aull incorporates the whenua / vanua within her work. Juxtaposed with imagery from Museum collections, she reclaims and re-activates meaning, creating visual mediations of her blurred genetic code. Margaret Aull (Te Rarawa, Tuwharetoa, Fiji) has exhibited extensively in New Zealand since 2005 and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design.