Samoa Project

IN DEVELOPMENT – an outcome of the 2021 Tarraleah Residency

Lila Meleisea is an interdisciplinary artist. She has collaborated on immersive works for gallery spaces, and performed on saxophone, kora, Garry Greenwoods’ musical leather sculptures and percussion, on and in diverse global stages and environments. Her Samoan ancestry, love for the natural world, background in education and healing practice continue to influence her work as artist.  Her deepening concern around climate justice and global mental health/ wellbeing issues now moves her in a direction to create works that are immersive and transformative with the main intention being to heal, move, educate and inspire all involved into action. First Nations and indigenous knowledge, skills and wisdom, meditation practices and the use of sound and light for healing continue to inform Meleisea’s practice.

Lila Mileisea’s Samoa Project was seeded at the Tarraleah Residency of 2021 and has since been supported by a residency via our partnership with MAC.  During her residency, Lila had the opportunity to work with videographer Takani Clark,  working towards two installations (one outdoor, one for gallery spaces) that incorporate live performance. Elements of Pasifika music  Pacific lullabys and chants and large log drum ensemble are planned to be incorporated.





Photos: Courtesy the artist