Johnny Penisula

Samoa/New Zealand
Born 1941

The name of this work comes from an old traditional Samoan song, and relates to the most feared predator of the sea - the shark.

Malie Tanifa is one of only two ancient Samoan songs still performed today. I was taught the song from my great-grandmother and recently watched Malie Tanifa performed by a local Auckland school group.

強尼‧培寧蘇拉

薩摩亞/紐西蘭
出生於1941

這件作品的名稱來自一首古老的傳統薩摩亞歌曲,是關於海洋中最令人畏懼的掠食者—鯊魚。

〈鯊魚塔尼法〉是今日仍被吟唱的兩首古老薩摩亞歌曲其中之一。我是從我的曾祖母那兒學會這首歌,最近則是在奧克蘭當地的學校團體觀賞了這首歌的演出。

強尼‧培寧蘇拉
Johnny Penisula




Malie - Tanifa 2007
The Two Devils of the Sea
Red gabro stone 15 x 49 x 39 cm
Collection of the artist

As one of the pre-eminent carvers of the Pacific, Johnny Penisula has spent a lifetime exploring stone's ability to convey messages, which come from history that should be both remembered and shared with others. His ability to combine a specially selected stone with representations which frequently morph diverse forms together, creates powerful and mythic beings.

鯊魚 - 塔尼法,海中雙魔 2007
紅色灰綠柱石 15 x 49 x 39 cm
藝術家自藏

強尼‧培寧蘇拉是傑出的太平洋雕刻家之一,他一生致力探索石材傳達訊息的能力,那是自歷史傳承而來,應該永誌不忘並共同分享的。他善於將特選石材與不同造型的表現相互結合,創造出強而有力、如神話般的人物。