Finding Myself 2007
pearl shell, saw blade
collection of the artist
Steven Gwaliasi’s carvings explore the traditions of the ornaments known as kap-kap, particularly those from the island of Malaita. Frequently these pendants contain design references to both ancestors and to the spectacular frigate bird.
References to the culture’s extensive history of voyaging are regularly contained in Solomon Islands works of art; where the movement across oceans, in the presence of birds and fishes, is celebrated.