Andy Leleisi'uao

Esula Village from a distance

Esula Village from a distance by Andy Leleisi'uao

Artwork Detail

This painting explores a mythical island a century after the inhabitants have voyaged there from their Samoan homeland. Esula Village was earlier occupied by aliens that suddenly departed leaving behind all their technology for Samoan immigrants to use upon their arrival. The Mivimivi people show the Esula villagers how to decorate their new homeland with treasures collected from journeys taken to many parts of the world.

Like a Samoan version of Gulliver’s Travels, Leleisiu’ao explores a Pacific that wants to reflect the past while also ‘collecting’ the future. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Esula Village from a distance
Andy Leleisi'uao
Production date
acrylic on canvas
330 x 240 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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