Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi

Tonga/New Zealand
Born 1959

This sculpture represents the two kupenga (nets) - the net of the Heavens and net of the Earth. You can say in Tongan kupenga i loto (inside net) and kupenga i tua (outside net) or kupenga i lalo (underneath) and kupenga o luga (above).

It is also the kupenga of space; it is about the spirit net which brings things like people or fish together. It can also be said to bring ideas together. It is about navigation also, like land and sea.

索波雷馬拉馬‧菲力普‧托希

東加王國/紐西蘭
出生於1959

此作品所表現的是兩種「kupenga」(網)—天羅與地網。也可以是東加語言中的「kupenga i loto」(內在之網)與「kupenga i tua」(外在之網),或是「kupenga i lalo」(下方之網)與「kupenga oluga」(上方之網)。

那不僅是空間之網,同時也是精神之網,可將人或魚等事物聚合在一起,也可用以表示理念的整合。此外,也與航海有所關連,就如陸地與海洋。

索波雷馬拉馬‧菲力普‧托希
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi




Uakupenga and Kupengaua 2007
Timber 300 x 116 x 32 cm (each) x 2
Collection of the artist

Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi is one of Tonga's most esteemed artists, and an international expert on the history and practice of traditional Pacific lashing.

Using the principles of lalava (binding and lashing), he has constructed three-dimensional sculptures that echo the inside and outside of fishing nets. The construction of large fishing nets from plaited sennit (coconut fibre) was one of the traditional arts found throughout the Tongan Islands. This sculpture has no front or back as both sides can serve as both exteriors and interiors. By utilising ancient patterns in innovative ways, Tohi reveals how learnings from history always fuel the vitality of the present day.

天羅地網 2007
木材 300 x 116 x 32 cm (每件) x 2
藝術家自藏

索波雷馬拉馬‧菲力普‧托希是東加最受尊崇的藝術家之一,也是東加傳統編繩歷史與實作的國際專家。

托希運用「lalava」(紮綁與編結)的原理建構出立體雕塑,反映漁網的內在與外在。以編繩(椰子纖維)方式製作大型漁網是東加群島隨處可見的傳統藝術之一。此件雕塑並無前後之分,因為兩面都可視為內在或外在。托希以創新的手法引用古老的圖案,揭示自歷史中學習常能為今日世界注入新活力。