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Stella Upia | Sihae 1 (Sahote clan design of fruit from the tree 1) 2006 | Natural pigments on barkcloth Purchased 2007. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

‘Paperskin’ celebrates this visual sophistication and vitality, displaying examples dating from the eighteenth century to the present. Drawn from the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Museum, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and a private collector, the exhibition features works from Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Hawai’i, Futuna, the Solomon and Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

‘Paperskin’ explores the stories embodied in these cloths. With their evocative visual language of bold and intricate patterning, barkcloths have been likened to tattoos: another skin that envelops the wearer in cultural significance and beauty.

This exhibition is organised by Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Queensland Museum.

Paperskin: Barkcloth across the Pacific

31 October 2009 – 14 February 2010  | Queensland Art Gallery

Paperskin: the art of tapa cloth