Fale Sa, 1999
Oregon pine, Douglas fir, Macrocarpa, metallic paint
Dimensions variable; Totems - 274 x 25 x 29 cm, 272 x 60 x 45 cm, and 300 x 45 x 35 cm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Gift of the Friends of the Gallery, 2002

Born 1962, Christchurch, New Zealand; lives in Auckland, New Zealand

John Ioane’s installation Fale Sa is based on his childhood memories of Samoa. His most vivid memories of this period in his life are of the ocean. Ioane speaks about this work as “a space for healing,” something that is reflected in the title: in English, the Samoan words fale sa mean “sacred space.” This suggests a traditional spirituality at the core of Ioane’s art practice, one based partly on his belief that his works “create a space for magic to occur.”

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