Artist: Fono McCarthy

FONOFALE is the premier exhibition of Fono McCarthy, an internationally recognised artist of Samoan heritage. Fono fills the gallery with a beautiful installation of fragile wooden vessels, each piece made from a series of sticks that create a three-dimensional form using twine and tension. Fono first brought his work into the gallery as a bundle of sticks and proceeded to make each vessel by inserting the tensioning sticks that held the outer frame apart, the installation taking shape from two to three dimensions. He uses this repeated shape as a metaphor to present ideas he has been working on for many years. Fono means ‘meeting’ and fale means ‘house’. The vessels are a clever representation of both connection and separation.