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Daughter Sculptures (6)
Each are approximately 30″W x 31″H x 30″D; cheesecloth, acrylic paint, polymer, and metal.

When I made these sculptures I was thinking about how my ancestors seemed to be present in the Samoan landscape; in the light and shadows between bushes and trees, in the water, and in the shapes of rocks. I thought about my grandmother, Tinei, and her experience with childbirth. She had thirteen children of her own and raised at least 7 others. She told me that when she went into labor with her first baby, a few of her aunties led her to the beach, stood her next to a large rock and told her to hug it and push. The form of these sculptures suggests rocks, or even islands to me. Their wrapped texture also has to do with the way our dead were wrapped in siapo (bark cloth) in preparation for funeral. When grouped together, I like to think of them as ancestors, gathered and still living in the landscape.


This standing figure represents Queen Salamasina. She was born in 1522 and was the first Samoan ruler to hold all three ruling titles at the same time. This sculpture and the Daughter Sculptures are typically exhibited as part of the installation, "Red House/The Daughters of Salamasina". Please refer to standing figure in thumbnail below and for other views, please see examples on the Installations page of this website under Red House/The Daughters of Salamasina.

Apia Pig

This sculpture was inspired by a pig that hung out at my family’s home near Apia, Samoa. He was a strange looking pig, sort of tall and thin and marked in a way that reminded me of a calico cat. He was wild but stayed near because the family fed it. Sometimes he would sneak in the house and my auntie would shoo him out with a broom. One day I was hiking through the nearby palm grove, heard a sound, and noticed that he was following me. He followed me a lot and would suddenly turn up in all sorts of funny places so I decided he was a trickster character.