Michel Tuffery

Michel Tuffery

Paint On Canvas

“Tha and Coco – the Animal House”

I was drawn to 10 year old Tha Zin Cho’s perfect world of “where animal’s can stay inside at her house” drawing.  Tha is close in age to my daughter Coco, I observed Coco as she busied herself playing with her dolls house and cross referenced this to Tha’s dream. “Tha and Coco – the Animal House” responds to two young girls geographically worlds apart however simplistically universal in their views of the world and captures a moment of shared imagination relating to family, environment and community.

MICHEL TUFFERY; Born 1966 Wellington, Aotearoa – New Zealand of Samoan, Cook Island and Tahitian descent.  On paper and by reputation Michel Tuffery is one of the seminal role players for visibility of Contemporary Pacific Island art locally and beyond the wider Pacific. His creative output is expansive as he is adept at all arts media, printing, painting and sculpting, and works collaboratively with technicians and other art practitioners to realise his performance and installation projects, requiring moving image, light and sound.  His concerns are measured and politicised around the conservation of the environment and shaped by his Pacific Island ancestry.



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