Raymond Sagapolutele – Change.

Raymond Sagapolutele, Change. Digital C-Type Print, 700x700mm, 2020. Edition of 3 +2 AP’s. This work is framed, shipping by arrangement.

This work is framed, shipping by arrangement.

In Change, the artist confronts the unknown future with a powerful message of maternal love. The tone of the image is lighter and a blue lavalava belonging to the artists mother encircles the ancestor skull. Hawaiian academic Dr Manulani Aluli Meyer described the colour blue, (lanumoana in Samoan), the colour of the ocean, as the colour of aloha, alofa, love. Hope for the future has come from re-connecting with heart and heritage, recognizing the alofa, love of culture, family and community. The artists writes ‘The future and the return to love, colours my vision and with the presence of my mothers’ lavalava, the alofa of my parents’ circles and embraces me’