Peter Peryer

Umbrella, Fiji

Umbrella, Fiji by Peter Peryer

Artwork Detail

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.

Umbrella, Fiji
Peter Peryer
Production date
inkjet on paper
250 x 320 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2019
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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