samoa (born 1962)
A spirit canoe called Keoni, one of
twin carvings symbolising my sons
(Kavela and Keoni) born six years ago.
Keoni passed away at birth and is
survived by his brother Kavela.
Like ones ever-changing uniqueness, our
voyage is not contained within the visible
world. Life’s radiance has no independent
existence. It is abstracted from the flowing
movement, arriving and vanishing in the
total process of ‘the’ flow. Aitu (spirit and
matter) is the fusion of the canoe and water.
Va’a Aitu Keoni 2006-2007
oregon pine, resin, marine epoxy
collection of the artist
courtesy of Whitespace Gallery
John Ioane’s art is frequently a homage
to the spiritual heart within the family
and the absolute inseparability of love
from all human endeavour.
This sculpture is a monument to the
loss of a cherished son who, here,
becomes a voyaging spirit, crossing an
unknown ocean. With a stillness that
can never be found in water, the va’a
(canoe) journeys to a parallel world.