Artist Spotlight: Elisabeth Kumaran

Inspired by the story of her parents’ migration from Samoa to Aotearoa. Elisabeth speaks to Oh My Ocean curator Nigel Borell about the stop motion animation practice she has been exploring and developing over the last two years. She describes the importance of storytelling through her art, hoping her work continues intergenerational conversations about the malaga (journey) many have made from the Islands to many places across the globe.  

“What purpose can my art do for others and inspire others. So when they see the work, I hope that, especially if they come from a Pacific background, that they will see the work and be able to resonate with it. And especially if their parents or elders are still around, I would really love for them to go back and have that conversation” 

– Elisabeth Kumaran

Video by NoSix
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