STAIRS OF TAUTU – 1991 – Oil on Board – 110 x 111 cm
Private Collection, Panama
Whilst immersed in the romantic poetry of a Niuean friend, as well as a need to avoid the nonsensical disruptiveness of hyper-consumerism I felt a strong longing to return to Niue. Perhaps itself a romantic and nostalgic urge, the sense of viewing my former home from afar reflects the tone of nature and colour resplendent, but tempered by a darkness, that was conveyed in that poetry. The meaninglessness of the activity that the two figures are involved in, as well as depicting the already, to most, unfamiliar Niue landscape in a surreally exaggerated way, was an attempt to create a hybrid image of humanity in his realm. Despite this, the stairs through the cave are based on the actual place, Tautu the canoe landing of Liku, in Niue and so it was impossible to escape the subjectivity of it all..