Meet the Artist: Elisabeth Kumaran

Mālō le soifua! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist Elisabeth Kumaran

Elisabeth Kumaran is a New Zealand-born, Samoan (Vailele, Ulutogia, Aleipata, Vailoa Palauli) and Chinese visual artist. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from The University of Auckland majoring in Print Media and has exhibited in galleries and public spaces across Tāmaki Makaurau, including Objectspace, Fresh Gallery Ōtara and Nathan Homestead. Elisabeth is also a co-founder of the ManaRewa Arts Collective, an organisation that provides mentorship to visual artists who live in or have connections with Manurewa.  

Elisabeth’s creative practice is influenced by her Samoan heritage and an awareness of Samoan language and traditions is a core component of her work. Elisabeth primarily works with words to create work that uses Samoan and English languages. Her 2020 Fale-ship explored bilingual wordplay and consisted of a series of stop-motion animation videos. 

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Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022

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