Acknowledging and informed by the rich cultural resources of her Polynesian heritage (Ngai Tahu, Samoan), Lonnie Hutchinson is a multi media, visual, installation and performance artist who has exhibited throughout Australasia and internationally. Drawing lies at the base of Lonnie’s practice, which is as much influenced by contemporary advertising, hip hop, graffiti art and popular culture as by Polynesian aesthetics and art forms, juxtaposing negative and positive elements. We are pleased to be showing a piece from Lonnie’s ‘Black Pearl’ project which is a reference to Polynesian women who were kept as sex slaves in the holds of pearl trading ships. This bleak history of sexual exploitation has important and on-going ramifications in terms of the sex industry today; while also commenting upon the stereotypical image of the so-called “available” Polynesian women.
Hutchinson has a Bachelor of 3D Design from Unitec and is currently completing a Masters degree. She also teaches at the Unitec Tohunga a Toi, School of Design and Visual Arts and is a member of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. She is represented by Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington and Jonathan Smart Gallery and Paper Graphica Fine Art Studio in Christchurch, NZ.