Date11 Jul 2020
At Home and in the Studio: Telly Tuita
My lockdown bubble included my partner Hoani and our beautiful but bossy two-year-old, Bella. Bella is a vital part of the success of maintaining a home studio. She gives me daily exercise, routine and oodles of unrequited love.
Reflecting on ‘Tongpop Fetish’ as relics of the modern age and with the global crisis still ongoing. Many objects such as face masks, gloves, toilet paper, guns and our smart phones have become symbolic of this time as how reliant, emotionally and physically, we humans are to objects!
Having a home studio, it has become impossible to separate studio from living space. The results of full-time practice are all over the house and outside in various stages of completion. The studio room was a lovely sunroom but three years on it has become a sort art work in itself. Archiving the room is a cacophony of things, colour, words and memories and ideas. It is very reflective of the way I think and the processes and objects used in my practice.
At present I am working simultaneously on two solo exhibitions for the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch in November and Precinct 35 Wellington in August. I just have finalised photographic series for group show in Australia held at Campbelltown Art Centre in January 2021.