Sofia Tekela-Smith

Sofia Tekela-Smith / New Zealand, b.1970 / Untitled (from 'Lovely hula hands' series) 2002 / Mother of pearl, greenstone and waxed thread / Purchased 2002 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

In her 'Lovely Hula Hands' series, Sofia Tekela-Smith combines laser etching and rayon flowers with materials such as greenstone, mother of pearl and coconut shell to acknowledge her Rotuman grandmother and reference the history of breastplates worn by Rotuman and Fijian chiefs before European contact.

A flaming paradise will relinquish its lush colours in praise to the Pacific Beauty. (John Pule)