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Vaimaila Urale

TYPEFACE - Live Tattoo Session & Public Mural

Vaimaila Urale
TYPEFACE - Live Tattoo Session & Public Mural

Vaimaila Urale is a Samoan artist who will be further exploring her work Typeface, which uses the  computer symbols ‘v’, ‘>’, ‘<’, ‘/’ and ‘\’ to create a Polynesian inspired mural. The mural is a collaborative performance where local community groups are encouraged to get involved in painting the mural alongside the artist. The second part of this performance is tattooing this design onto a volunteer. This is done by a local and qualified tattoo artist and links Vaimaila’s practice to Samoan traditions of tattooing. Her work comments on her Samoan heritage and her Western upbringing in a digital society which opens up discussions around traditions and their role in contemporary life— particularly in a bi-cultural place like New Zealand.


 


This project involves two components, an interactive tattoo session and a large scale public mural. The tattoo session incorporates Pacific inspired digital designs on an intimate scale using the body as a canvas. In contrast the public mural will feature similar digital designs stencilled with paint on a 25 metre long backdrop of wood hoardings.


 


Image: Vaimaila Urale, TYPEFACE Mural, Whau Arts Festival, Auckland 2015. Photo: Janet Lilo

Vaimaila Urale and Chris Amosa, TYPEFACE live tattoo session, Whau Arts Festival, Auckland 2015

Vaimaila Urale and Chris Amosa, TYPEFACE live tattoo session, Whau Arts Festival, Auckland 2015

TYPEFACE - Live Tattoo Session & Public Mural, Vaimaila Urale

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