Peter Peryer

Umbrella, Fiji

Umbrella, Fiji by Peter Peryer

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The photograph Fiji Umbrella plays with shifts in scale and visual expectation. One sees immediately that the photograph is an image of a beach frontage where people go to relax, but it seems mysteriously abandoned. Traces of foot traffic are present everywhere but no person is in sight. The location appears to be a beach lagoon at low tide; with a sea reef on the horizon.

In a humorous way, the beach umbrellas are thatched with coconut palm leaves, but with nothing beneath them appear like floating island sculptures. In mixing observation with visual wit, Peryer creates a delightful evocation of a Fijian summer at an empty tourist spot.

Title
Umbrella, Fiji
Artist/creator
Production date
2013
Medium
inkjet on paper
Dimensions
250 x 320 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2019
Accession no
2018/24/8
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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