Fish of Cakau
Water-based paint on natural masi, using sponging and drawing techniques. The inspiration for the design came from a snorkelling trip off the island of Waya in the Yasawa Group. As a novice snorkeler, I was astounded by the amazing variety of colourful fish in all shapes and sizes I kept meeting, giving me the feeling that the imagination is the limit when it comes to designing reef fish!
Fijian ‘masi’, also called barkcloth, is produced by village women on islands such as Vatulele. A renewable resource, masi is made by harvesting strips of bark from specially grown paper-mulberry trees. Each piece takes days to process, involving repeated pounding, soaking and stretching. These traditional skills are passed on from generation to generation, with certain clans being considered the experts in masi-making. The uneven quality of the masi reflects its handmade origin.
Artist M.W. Rova lives in Nadi, Fiji. Her artwork is inspired by the wildlife, culture, and scenery of the Pacific, especially that of the remote island of Taveuni to the north of the Fiji group, which is home to her husband’s traditional clan.
|Medium||Hand-painted on Masi (inner bark of the paper mulberry tree)|
|Size||Approx 45cm tall by 80cm wide (mount included)|
|Packaging||This is a large piece of artwork. We carefully package it using styrofoam sheeting either side of the artwork, which protects it whilst in transit.|
|Copyright||Images and text © Maria Rova|