A Long White Cloud; Niki HASTINGS-MCFALL; 2008; 1083

Name/Title

A Long White Cloud

About this object

A sculptural installation comprising nineteen standard lamps with shades. The shades are covered with white fabric and plastic hibiscus flowers. The sculpture recalls the Polynesian discovery of Aotearoa (long white cloud) and the Māori creation story, where Tane (god of the forest) creates trees (lamp stands) to hold apart the primordial parents (the earth mother, Papatuanuku, and sky father, Ranginui). The artist has used standard lamps as the basis of the installation in reference to domestic interior fashion in the 1950s, the period when her grandparents migrated from Samoa to New Zealand, and mass produced leis, which are associated with protocols of welcome within Pacific Island culture. In doing so, the artist questions the stereotype of Pacific Island peoples as recent migrants to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Maker

Niki HASTINGS-MCFALL

Date Made

2008

Medium and Materials

Mixed media

Place Made

Henderson

Subject and Association Keywords

Maori

Subject and Association Keywords

Pacific

Subject and Association Keywords

Flora

Subject and Association Keywords

History

Subject and Association Keywords

Interiors

Subject and Association Keywords

Kiwiana

Subject and Association Keywords

Kitsch

Subject and Association Keywords

Immigration

Credit Line

Purchased from 'The Maui Dynasty: The Fifth Goodman Suter Contemporary Art Project' with the Goodman-Suter Fund in 2009

Object Type

Sculpture

Object number

1083

Copyright Licence  

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Flora
History
Immigration
Interiors
Kitsch
Kiwiana
Maori
Pacific

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