kikau (coconut leaf mid-rib), wire, shell, beads, sequin
collection of the artist
courtesy of Sue Crockford Gallery
Ani O’Neill is a sculptor who brilliantly 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 to undertake extensive voyages throughout 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 amazing palm tree has had for the history of life for all Pacific people.