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