Congratulations Cerisse!

Cerisse Palalagi in dialogue with Auckland curator, Giles Peterson at O’Kaioceanikart, Karangahape Road, Auckland City.
Thursday 28 August 2008

Cerisse Palalagi is an Auckland-based print artist of Niuean and NZ Maori ancestry. She is currently studying to complete her Masters in Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology and has recently travelled to American Samoa as part of the Aotearoa New Zealand delegation to the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts.

Cerisse’s recent work incorporating portrait prints and text applied directly on to bright red hibiscus print Pacific fabrics create bold statements about the confidence of new Pacific identitied in Auckland.


Cerisse held her first solo exhibition, Ranea at Fresh Gallery Otara in July 2008. O’Kaioceanikart stocks past and current work by the artist including framed drawings, framed and unframed prints on cartridge paper and paintings.

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Fresh Gallery Otara proudly presents…

An evening with Suzanne Tamaki

A unique opportunity to hear from leading contemporary fashion and adornment designer, producer and adovate, Suzanne Tamaki, fresh from her involvement with the Aotearoa delegation at the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa.

When: 6-8pm, Tuesday 9 September 2008

Venue: Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre, Manukau City

RSVP by Thursday 4 September to Ema Tavola,

Suzanne Tamaki (Maniapoto, Tuhoe, Te Arawa) is an Otaki-based fibre artist with the label Native Sista. She creates body adornment, costumes and jewellery inspired by legends and mythical creatures in the Pacific, as well as traditional indigenous costuming throughout the world.Suzanne was a founding member of the Pacific Sisters fashion collective in the mid 1990s, and participated in various multimedia fashion shows including the 12th Sydney Biennale and the 1996 South Pacific Festival of the Arts in Samoa. She often works as a guest tutor at various institutions and also produces multi-media fashion events independently promoting Maori and Pacific fashion, music, movement and image.

Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and the Pacific at venues including Objectspace in Auckland, City Gallery Wellington, Pataka Museum of Arts and History, the Dowse, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and Belau Museum during the 2004 South Pacific Arts Festival. She is a registered user of the Toi Iho Maori Made mark.



This painting was stolen from Fresh Gallery Otara… by this man… in July 2008

Missionary Positions: An Illustrated Story of American Samoa

8 – 30 August 2008
Fresh Gallery Otara | Manukau City | Aotearoa New Zealand

A solo exhibition by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Fresh Gallery Otara presents an exhibition of Pacific Art from the USA

Well-known for profiling local Manukau artists and grass-roots collaborative projects, Fresh Gallery Otara will have a special international Pacific art exhibition on show from 8 August 2008.

The exhibition, Missionary Positions: An Illustrated Story of American Samoa, is by California-based Samoan painter, writer and film-maker, Dan Taulapapa McMullin.

Photo by Naomi Singer

McMullin’s work is known for being strongly narrative and historically informed, with his paintings linking in closely to his writing and film-making practices.

The concepts in his artwork draw on Samoan cultural tradition, history and the impacts of colonisation and fa’afafine (transgender) experiences. His painting style is beautiful and whimsical, often depicting dreamscapes or moments of human thoughtfulness.

Filipe Tohi, Fono McCarthy, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, John Ioane & Richard Shortland-Cooper

Shigeyuki Kihara & Nathan Suniula (Photo by Naomi Singer)

Melissa & Phin (Photo by Naomi Singer)

McMullin will be participating in the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in Pago Pago, American Samoa before coming to Auckland to hold his solo exhibition at Fresh Gallery Otara.
The exhibition will open on Thursday 7 August 2008 from 6-8pm and will run until 30 August 2008.