Ani O'Neill

Cook Islands/Ireland/New Zealand
Born 1971

This work is inspired by the star 'maps' used by traditional navigators of the Pacific. These experts traversed the seas using significant natural signs that can be read, charted and passed orally through generations, knowledge to navigate our world today.

The objects reflect the complexity of this knowledge when it collides with our contemporary world.

I use specific, found materials to reconstruct these 'satellites' that hover in space; they point to an unavoidable disturbance in our natural patterns.






Ani O'Neill

Satellites 2007-2008
Kikau (coconut leaf mid-rib), wire, shell, beads, sequin
Collection of the artist
Courtesy of Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland

Ani O'Neill is a sculptor who transforms everyday materials into poetic evocations of cultural reality. Satellites are a direct homage to the ways in which an intimate knowledge of celestial movement showed her Pacific ancestors how they could undertake extensive voyages across the Pacific Ocean.

Like plants and sea-animals, O'Neill articulates a large space with the aura of intimate movement. Using kikau, the mid-rib of the coconut leaf, she alludes to the importance that this palm tree has had for the history of life for all Pacific peoples.

衛星 2007-2008
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