So'omuta Village

So'omuta Village

  • Artist

    Andy Leleisi'uao

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    acrylic on canvas

  • Size

    330 x 240 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    13 Aug 2003

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    mythology, villages, figures (representations), Samoans, fale, palm trees, birds, lagoons, thatching, volcanoes, statues, emblems (symbols)

  • Description

    This painting is part of a larger series that is called The Ufological Island of Samoa. ‘Ufological’ being a made up word (or portmanteau term) that combines UFO with mythological. Andy Leleisiu’ao imagines the former inhabitants of fictional Samoan villages - So’omuta, Vapula and Esula. They all existed in some imaginary past. He shows the villager’s lives as being filled with dramatic visions concerning both the future and the past. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Exhibition history