Acrylic paint and pen on plywood, mounted on 19mm dowel.
“Uro Manulua” (2020) is from a series of intuitive paintings made by artist-curator, Ema Tavola, for “Pussy Fat” at Vunilagi Vou in February-March 2021.
Uro in Fijian means ‘fat’ but is also a common catcall, using the term to imply that someone is good enough to eat. Tavola’s paintings for “Pussy Fat” reflected her own sense of body sovereignty and attitude towards fat body acceptance.
Ema Tavola (b.1982) is a Fijian-Pākehā artist-curator based in Manukau City / South Auckland. Having established her painting practice in Suva, Fiji at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Tavola went on to study Sculpture at Manukau School of Visual Arts and later Arts Management at AUT University. Whilst curating is an external, social practice for Tavola, artmaking and painting particularly is Tavola’s internal process of intellectual enquiry and creative meditation.
Tavola has works in private and public collections both in New Zealand and abroad.
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