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End of the day at Whale Bay - 'Anapa series by Ahilapalapa Rands
End of the day at Whale Bay - 'Anapa series by Ahilapalapa Rands
End of the day at Whale Bay - 'Anapa series by Ahilapalapa Rands
End of the day at Whale Bay - 'Anapa series by Ahilapalapa Rands
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End of the day at Whale Bay, ʻAnapa series by Ahilapalapa Rands
Acrylic Paint, pva glue & glitter on box canvas
300mm x 300mm

ʻAnapa, To shine with reflected light, as the moon reflected from the water; like the sun reflected from a mirror. - ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Dictionary 

This painting is part of a series titled ʻAnapa which draws from Ahilapalapa Rands' longstanding exploration into refractions of light on sea water. Their larger body of work includes an ongoing digital recording project of these glitter patterns and sun glints on the surfaces of oceans, channels and bays connected to the whakapapa and journeys of Ahilapalapa's ʻŌhana. Sculptural installations including the 8 x 3 meter kīkī curtain first shown as part of Lift Off at the IMA Brisbane, part of which can be seen at Moana Fresh are also included in this. On the oceans surface 'Glitter patterns’ are closely studied in the measuring of winds and wave forms, they consist of many bright points of light that come and go, blending together to form a smooth paths or wide sheets of glittering light. On close inspection you can see that each sparkle is its own individual point of light. These are known as Sun Glints, the slope of the waters provide a direct connection and reflection of the sun multiplied over and over. A common thread through all of Rands' expressions of ‘Anapa o ke kai or glitter patterns is that of mimicry, an attempt to capture and recreate these shifting and immense natural phenomena as connections to place. 

'To me the glittering playfulness of our Oceans surfaces are a camp reminder of the queerness of our oceanic world, where gender binaries are irrelevant, glitter is science and a love affair with the sun,  bodies are fanatastical and biological sex can swap and change to suit the needs of many underwater oceanic communities. I see Ke ‘Anapa o Moana nui a Kiwa (Glittering Oceania) as queer, as infinite, as home.’ - Ahilapalapa Rands