Fatu Feu'u

Masina le sogi (Moon scent)

Masina le sogi (Moon scent) by Fatu Feu'u

Artwork Detail

A combination of motifs derived from tatau, siapo and navigation are employed to depict a narrative based on the Samoan legend of Sina and Tuna. Sina is both the moon and the most powerful goddess of love in Polynesia. Tuna, an earthling, becomes obsessed with her and as a result he gives up his canoe and turns day into night. Through this endless darkness he gazes at her, waiting for his love to be reciprocated. However his efforts are in vain – Sina never returns his love and Tuna has to be content with just the scent of her. (Fatu Feu'u: O le Tautai Samoa, 2002)

Masina le sogi (Moon scent)
Fatu Feu'u
Production date
oil and oil stick on canvas
1460 x 1710 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1997
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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