Vaimaila Urale, ‘Aniva’, 2019. Black card and sand, 42 x 29.7cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland.
Aniva is a collection of sand-on-paper works presented as a large-scale installation. Conceptually, the exhibition explores the artist’s interest in collectivism and plays with notions around collective ownership, inclusive spaces and accessibility to art.
The artwork operates as a constellation comprised of multiple visual elements and Samoan symbols, fundamental to Vaimaila Urale’s practice. Utilising a grid format as the framework, Aniva can also be appreciated as individual artworks. There are 50 sand on paper works in total which combine to create the larger entity. Urale asserts a communal frame of reference to the work, continuing her deeply exploratory practice.
Exhibition opens: 5:30-7.30pm, Tuesday, 19 February 2019