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Susan Louie

Phone

027 486 2688

Susan Louie

Roast Poaka

Price

$1,699.00

Height

160 (mm)

Width

270 (mm)

Depth

270 (mm)

Medium

The poaka cast in "gaffer orange red glass" and polished. The coal is made using Bullseye Glass medium Frit and black Gaffer lead crystal frit. Sheet glass is cut, bevelled, and polished. Steel rods are glued to a glass sheet, and frit is sprinkled over contact adhesive to create the coal-like surface. The poaka is being cooked or roasted. The coal-like surface and steel rods suggest that the poaka is being cooked over a fire.

Artwork Artist Statement

The roast poaka (pig) installation draws upon the cultural significance of pigs in Chinese and Māori traditions. Pigs are often associated with prosperity, abundance, and good fortune in Chinese culture. In Māori culture, pigs were traditionally a valuable source of food and were used in rituals and ceremonies. The combination of these cultural elements in the installation symbolizes my heritage and the importance of food in sustaining life

Roast poaka is a memory of my growing up as a Chinese New Zealander, on a market garden in Manutuke, Gisborne, on the East Coast. This work provides me with a connection, and furthermore, adds another layer of meaning to the installation. The poaka represents my childhood memories, my cultural identity, and my connection to my own family and community.

The use of cast glass as a medium for the poaka adds an element of fragility and beauty to the installation. The transparency of the glass symbolizes my own openness and vulnerability, while the smooth, reflective surface evokes a sense of nostalgia or reflection.

Roast Poaka
Roast Poaka
Roast Poaka
Roast Poaka
Roast Poaka