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.
Very beautiful. Proud to be a Samoan.
Pleasure to meet such a wonderful artist. Your work is captivating. Lovely to know that we are your first exhibition in Australia! Congratulations Fono.Christine and Linda
Loved the piece ‘Tu’ufa’atasi’. Interesting work.Sandra
Congratulations to you Mr McCarthy! My family was fascinated by your artistry!K. C. Goh (Point Cook)
Awesome artwork guys!Evie, Age 10